Ruby Ybarra Young, 96, passed on to be with our Lord on September 28, 2021 at Peterson
Regional Medical Center in Kerrville, Texas.
She was born on July 17, 1925 in Palacios, Texas, to Rosa Flores and Alfonso Ybarra. Ruby was
preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, son John Edwin Young, and husband Capt.
Edwin Heflin Young, Jr. She is survived by her daughters Elizabeth Y. Bain of Ontario, California,
and Carol English Garcia of Palacios, Texas.
She graduated from Palacios High School in 1943 along with classmates Irving Petersen and
Homer Aparicio, Sr., to name a few. While in school, there was a contest asking for an essay to
encourage the purchase of U.S. savings bonds. She won the cash prize. She played first chair
clarinet in the band, and sang soprano in the quartet that traveled to Camp Hulen to entertain
the soldiers stationed there.
Ruby played piano at the Second Presbyterian Church in Palacios for several years. But, her
greatest talent was Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff, and frowned
when asked to play the famous “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Company B”. She was very fond
of cats, always feeding neighborhood strays. The loss of her beloved cat that escaped a vet
clinic led her to invent a restrainer/breeder/bather that later became her first business. She
received a patent without any assistance from an attorney; an unusual accomplishment at any
She was an excellent seamstress, and could duplicate any garment from looking at it in the
store window. She also enjoyed cooking, caring for her indoor African violet plants, and painting
lovely artwork. She adored her seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. In spite of her
age, she did not need glasses to read or to drive her Jaguar to eat out daily. She will be greatly
A visitation will be held Sunday, October 3, 2021 from 2-4PM at Kerrville Funeral Home.
A graveside service will be held Monday, October 4, 2021 at 10AM at Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home (830) 895-5111.
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