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The origins of Ruby Funeral Services & Chapel stretch back to a tragic day on September 26,1986 in the small town of Ruleville, Mississippi. That was the day when 18-year-old Ruby Davis learned that her mother and younger sister died in a car accident across the street from Ruleville Hospital near her hometown. Living in Springfield at the time, Davis returned to Mississippi for the funeral. She didn’t recognize her mother, 42 and sister, 17. “I didn’t like the way they looked,” Davis said. That discomfort sparked a life-long curiosity about mortuary science that persisted through years of higher education, periods of homelessness, and relocations from Springfield to Chicago and back. Davis’ first step was getting her cosmetology license. She later moved to Chicago to enroll in the mortuary science program at Malcom X College, part of the city’s network of community colleges. She took classes in chemistry, microbiology, and pathology, as well as examining and embalming the human cadaver. Restorative art classes focused on repairing a deceased person’s appearance to look as near to normal as possible. Psychology and sociology classes highlighted the comfort needed by the deceased’s survivors. “I loved it,” Davis said. She graduated with an associate of applied science degree in mortuary science in 2001, and went on to work at Gatling’s Chapel in Chicago, which served more than 3,000 families each year. Realizing she needed a business background, she returned to college and didn't stop until she Completed a Doctoral Of Business Administration degree in accounting at Argosy University in Chicago. But she wanted to return to the Funeral industry. “I missed it,” Davis said. “I missed waiting on families and taking care of their deceased special loved ones." She says her dedication runs deeper than a career path. “This is a spiritual calling,” Davis said. “Everyone can’t do this.” When she learned of an upcoming job opening at Walker Funeral Service & Chapel in Springfield, she jumped at the chance and was honored to do so. She returned to Springfield and worked as a dedicated funeral director/embalmer for a few years at the business, which focuses on serving families in and out of the community and enjoyed every moment of it. Yet she grew restless. “I thought, ‘If I’m going to stay in this industry, I need to own my own place(funeral home),’” Davis said. “I kept praying for an opportunity.” I believe that all things are possible. "My God is BIG." In late 2014, she heard that the owner of James D. Memorial Chapel was thinking of selling the business. In December 2014, God made a way, she purchased the funeral home located at 1520 E. Washington St. Springfield, IL 62703. “I stepped out on faith,” Davis said. “I used my final paycheck from my previous job to take out an ad in the paper that told the public my doors were open for business. And God has done the rest.” Davis said her first two months of operation has put her on track for a successful year, and stressed that she and her employees strive to accommodate all families with any budget. “Everyone deserves a going-home celebration,” she said. Davis already has plans for expansion, saying property on either side of the building would allow for additional parking and larger chapels. “It seats 200-plus in the larger chapel and we have a smaller chapel as well now, and I’d like it to seat 500 plus,” she said. I also have a repast facility in the lower level for the families that needs a place to continue to celebrate their loved one. However, she keeps the spirit of serving families as her top priority, citing her business’ slogan: “The place for celebrating life.” “We have to celebrate,” Davis said. “Our loved ones are in a better place.” "Resting". GOD IS AWESOME. He Never Makes A Mistake. EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT???