Ruby Nell Scarbrough Boland

Ruby Nell Scarbrough Boland died Thursday, January 9, 2020 in the Opp Health & Rehab. She was born January 17 1934, one of six siblings, to Grover Cleveland Scarbrough and Idell Jackson Scarbrough in Jack, Alabama. She is survived by one sibling, John Scarbrough of Troy, Ohio; her two children, Becky Bryson (Corwin Padget) of Monticello Fl, and Don Boland (Rhonda) of Opp, AL; five grandchildren, Jesse Bryson (Dothan), Abby Bryson (Ryan Langan) of Chapel Hill, NC, Meagan Ahmad, (Abdul) of Tallahassee FL, Ashley Hall (Josh) of Opp, and Zach Nelson (Mary) of Birmingham AL; four great grandchildren, Nelson, Farris Hall of Opp, and Rose, Mae Nelson of Birmingham; multiple nieces and nephews; and two former caretakers, Julia Roberson and Heather Bass.
Ruby Nell was inspired by her brilliant mother, Idell, who lacking access to school, taught herself to read and write. Ruby Nell inherited that quick witted intelligence and a mischievous sense of humor. Raised during the last part of the Great Depression, the Scarborough family experienced the extreme poverty of the time and the children were often teased for their flour sack clothing. Ruby Nell would pull pranks on the bullies such as spraying milk from a cow through slots in the barn wall at the other children as they passed. Or she would sneak onto neighboring farms and help herself to vegetables to help supplement the family larder. In school, she earned top scores in class and proved that poverty did not dictate her intelligence.
Ruby Nell married Harry Boland in 1954 at the age of 20 and they both went to work, her in a sewing factory and he in a cotton mill. They worked hard and saved, to eventually be able to purchase 40 acres and build a home. While at the factory, Ruby Nell knew her work was worth more than she was paid and after being denied a small raise, left and was immediately hired at the cotton mill where she became the fastest cloth inspector at the facility. She knew that there would be someone else who could see your true worth.
Ruby Nell also enjoyed a close connection to the land and loved to nurture all growing things. She protected the birds and small animals that shared the farm, providing food and shelter for all sorts. She tended a large garden where she grew food to sell to the community, placed by the house, where people could take what they wanted and leave payment. She spent contented hours in her flower garden where she could name any flower she saw. In her latter years, Ruby Nell would often sit outside overlooking her land, feeding small animals from her hand, and enjoying the fruits of her labor. She was married to Harry for 65 years till his death In July 2019. We know that she has been reunited with past loved ones and she will be missed by all who knew her. A special thank you to Opp Health and Rehabilitation for the dedicated nurses and staff who loved and cared for Ruby Nell in the last year.
A graveside service will be held at 1 pm Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens in Opp, Alabama with Bro. Donald Hall officiating. The family will be providing a late lunch at Beulah Baptist Church following the service.

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