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Ruby Mae Mosley Mathews with her nephew, Kem Mosley, in Webster Groves. 

Ruby Mae Mosley Mathews celebrated a century of a love-filled life with friends and family during her 100th birthday party at First Congregational Church on Sunday, June 2.

Nearly 150 loved ones gathered to celebrate Mathews and the full life she’s lived so far. In 100 years, she has lived in three different states, earned multiple degrees, and worked in many different fields. She loves to travel, and she did just that with her husband, Lorimer C. Mathews, whom she married on Jan. 9, 1965. Together the couple visited more than two dozen countries.

Her ties to the area run deep, as she graduated from Douglass High School in Webster Groves, Tuckers Business College in St. Louis, and Saint Louis University before moving around to seek other adventures and work opportunities.

Though she has certainly branched out near and far over the course of her life, Mathews has always found her way back home to the Webster-Kirkwood area — all due to her family.

“Family is everything,” said Mathews. “No matter where I go, I’ll always end up back here.”

Mathews, affectionately known to many as “Auntie Ruby,” has always poured out love to those around her, especially children. Though she does not have children of her own, she has continually sought to care for her nieces, nephews and any other children around as if they were her own.

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Ruby Mae Mosley Mathews at her 100th birthday celebration on June 2.

“Living 100 years is awesome, that’s how everybody felt about it,” said Kem Mosley, nephew to Mathews. “Not even just family members, but a couple former students of hers were involved at the party. Individuals who she helped raise came up and shared their favorite stories about Auntie Ruby.”

This love for children remains evident to this day, as the party was centered on a head table with Mathews and eight of the youngest members of the family.

“You had this older head matriarch, looking straight toward those young ones saying, ‘this is how we do it,’” said Mosley.

Her love for children led her to establish the Fannie Clayton Culture Center as well as to be involved with the Indian reservations, her church, and within her local community.

“She’s always been involved in community events, and anything to help somebody less fortunate than herself,” added Mosley.

Mathew’s contributions to the lives of others was well acknowledged at her recent birthday party, where guests shared stories and thanked their honorary “Auntie.” Even the mayors of both Kirkwood and Webster Groves officially validated her impact on her local community as she was recognized by the cities in honor of her birthday.

Her strong Christian faith was also honored during the birthday party through prayer, blessings and speeches from fellow members of her church.

To this day, Ruby maintains the same faith-based and family-first energy that goes beyond her years, singing along to her favorite Gospel music, chatting with her family and closest friends, and reading the local paper and cards from loved ones.

“She’s always been involved in community events, and anything to help somebody less fortunate than herself,” added Mosley.

Mathew’s contributions to the lives of others was well acknowledged at her recent birthday party, where guests shared stories and thanked their honorary “Auntie.” Even the mayors of both Kirkwood and Webster Groves officially validated her impact on her local community as she was recognized by the cities in honor of her birthday.

Her strong Christian faith was also honored during the birthday party through prayer, blessings and speeches from fellow members of her church.

To this day, Ruby maintains the same faith-based and family-first energy that goes beyond her years, singing along to her favorite Gospel music, chatting with her family and closest friends, and reading the local paper and cards from loved ones.