Ruby Lee Hayes Starbuck

Ruby Lee Hayes Starbuck, 94, of West Liberty, one of Ohio’s first school counselors, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Mary Rutan Hospital.

A longtime resident of Willard, she was the wife of the late Joseph “Doc” Starbuck, an optometrist.

When she moved to the Green Hills Community in West Liberty in 2001, she joined the United Methodist Church, was elected president of the Fortnightly Club, organized the Green Hills arts festival caravan, and was a member of the Garden Club.

Active in the Green Hills seniors’ band and frequently spotted in water aerobics class, Ruby continued to travel, most recently to visit the new Lincoln Museum in Illinois.

Her most important role during this time, however, was as “Great Baboo” to her six great-grandchildren, Joe, Ellie, Erin and Daniel Young, and Zoe and Aiden Smith.

She also leaves two daughters, Becky Bailey of Terre Haute and Beth (Del Swanson) Starbuck of Lakeville, Minn; and three grandchildren, Bobbie (Matt) Young of Bellefontaine, Martha (Eric) Smith of Springfield, and Luke (Niki) Bailey of Conover.

A graveside service will be held in Akron at the convenience of the family.

The family would like to express its appreciation to Mad River Internal Medicine, Green Hills Inn staff, Mary Rutan Hospital and friends for their support.

They request that in lieu of flowers, any memorials in Ruby’s honor be given to the Green Hills Endowment Fund.

Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in West Liberty handled the arrangements and condolences may be expressed at