Ruby Irene Simmons

5 March 1926–April 1987 (Age 61)
Port Arthur, Jefferson, Texas, United States

The Life of Ruby Irene

When Ruby Irene Simmons was born on 5 March 1926, in Port Arthur, Jefferson, Texas, United States, her father, William Lewis Simmons Jr, was 37 and her mother, Mattie Missouri Bullock, was 34. She married Grover Lee Dockens on 15 June 1979, in Jefferson Land District, Texas, United States. She lived in Justice Precinct 2, San Saba, Texas, United States in 1930. She died in April 1987, in Fort Grigsby, Jefferson, Texas, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Nederland, Jefferson, Texas, United States.

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Grover Lee Dockens
Ruby Irene Simmons
Marriage: 15 June 1979

Spouse and Children

15 June 1979
Jefferson Land District, Texas, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 3

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 18

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

English (southern): patronymic either from the personal name Simon ( see Simon ) or, as Reaney and Wilson suggest, from the medieval personal name Simund (composed of Old Norse sig ‘victory’ + mundr ‘protection’), which after the Norman Conquest was taken as an equivalent Simon, with the result that the two names became confused.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Ruby Simmons in household of Louis Simmons, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ruby Simmons in household of W L Simmons, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ruby Irene Simmons, "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935"

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