Rubie Earline Clemins, 93, formerly of Bluford and Urbana, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at her home in Tallahassee, Fla.
She was born on Thursday, Oct. 7, 1920, the youngest of four children of Howard and Rubie Pepple.
Earline is survived by her two children, Archie Clemins and wife Marilyn of Boise, Idaho, and Sherry Taylor and husband Robert of Winter Garden, Fla.; four grandchildren, Becky Lewis and husband Dan, Travis Clemins and wife Urszula of San Diego, Scott Taylor and wife Rachel of Boise, Idaho, and Cindy Hilgeman and husband Jonathan of Bozeman, Mont.; and four great-grandchildren, Nathan Lewis, Olivia Lewis, Ian Taylor and Kaelyn Taylor.
A child of the depression, Earline graduated from Bluford High School in its first four-year high school class. In 1940, she married Archie Cornell Clemins, who preceded her in death in 1994. In their fifty-four years together, they were separated only during WWII, during which time Earline taught school, often riding an obstinate horse to the country schoolhouse. She called those years ‘the most difficult period’ of her life.
The family moved to Urbana in 1956. With intense determination and a strong belief in the value of education, Earline started college at the age of 40, receiving a bachelor of arts and a master of education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In the ensuing years, she taught business education at Urbana High School and after retirement worked as a tax preparer for the IRS.
In 1991, Archie and Earline moved to Westminster Oaks, a retirement community in Tallahassee, Fla. Throughout her life, Earline was always ready for an adventure. Well into her eighties, she enthusiastically rafted the Boise River and sailed over the Tallahassee skies in a powered parachute. Always active in her church and community, Earline volunteered as a teacher’s aide at W.T. Moore Elementary School, continued her quilt making tradition and gave unselfish and compassionate service to others. She will be remembered for her bright intellect, relentless desire to learn and a strong and independent spirit.
Graveside burial of ashes will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn with Reverend Merle Fullerton officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.