November 29, 2014


Ruby Meeks

Ruby Meeks, 95, of Grafton, passed away Saturday, August 31, 2013 in the Welcome Nursing Home, Oberlin, after a long illness. She was born April 14, 1918 in Leburn, Kentucky and had been a Lorain County resident since the 1940′s.

Ruby enjoyed church, church activities, bowling and was a hostess at Pheasant Run, Elyria Country Club and the Attic (Higbees). She was an accomplished cook and owned Dulley’s restaurant in Oberlin and Dulley’s in Grafton. She had worked at Milford Rivet early in her adult life. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and late husband, Elden “Sonny” Meeks.

She is survived by her son, William “Bill” Wiley of Elyria; and her sister, Emma Lee Maggard Smith. Survivors also include grandchildren, Eric Wiley, Kenneth Bergenstein, Kathy Bergenstein, Bashshar Wiley; and great grandchildren, Kevin Bergenstein, Kelly Bergenstein, Hanna Wiley, Leslie Alexander III, Lillian Bergenstein; and by her great great granddaughter, Eva Bergenstein.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Arthur B. Wiley, Kenneth Dulley, and Elden “Sonny” Meeks; parents, Erbie and Maude Terry Maggard; daughter, Donna Mae Wiley Bergenstein; three sisters; and two brothers.

There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements were handled by the Blackburn-Duke Funeral Home, 1021 Main St., Grafton.

  • Terri Schramm

    I met Ruby as a teenager while still in school, She welcomed me into the family with open arms.
    I have many fond memories that will be with me forever. Ruby left a footprint on my heart for sure.
    I always enjoyed going over to visit or for dinner/ family cookouts. Ruby was a wonderful cook.
    I would always love sitting around the kitchen table or out on the back porch listening to the wonderful stories she had about growing up down in Kentucky, or the restaurants she ran and Jesus.
    Ruby was a very intelligent women and had so much to share and give which she always did with her whole family. You could talk with her about anything.
    Ruby enjoyed teaching her grandchildren about cooking and Jesus and she was always so excited about teaching them about either. She almost always had a smile on her face and laughter with you, she was such a joy to be around.
    Then came her Great grandchildren and loved to spend time with them and watch them play out in the back yard.
    I still to this day can’t go past the home she had before going into the nursing home without thinking of all the fond memories I had there growing up. She was a special lady that is for sure.
    If you ever needed to talk Ruby was there to listen to you and even if we made mistakes along the way growing up she never judge or stop caring .
    Ruby will be missed by many for sure, but I guess we can’t be selfish, due to it was time for her to be with the loved ones she had lost and be pain free, to dance and sing again. Ruby may not have been my blood Grandma, but the best Grandma one could ask for . Love you Grandma Ruby.