Obituary – Ruby Floree McCullough Ulm
Ruby Floree McCullough Ulm died Wednesday, November 21 in Tallahassee at the age of 92. She was born on July 4, 1920, at home in Madison County to William Irwin and Kathleen Lockhart McCullough. She attended school at Lee and Macedonia schools and graduated from MadisonHigh School. She attended the then Florida State College for Women and received her degree in Elementary Education and the FloridaState University for a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She did all of this by commuting to Tallahassee in the evenings and in the summer while teaching and raising her children. She taught in several elementary schools in Madison County, beginning at the Shaw two-teacher school. She later worked as Librarian at Madison High School, and finished her career as Assistant Librarian at North FloridaJunior College. She retired after working 39 ½ years in education.
Ruby was blessed by the support of her husband, A. C. Ulm, enabling her to serve in various offices of her state professional associations, including being President of the Florida Association of School Librarians. She was also a member of the Madison Woman’s Club, the Audrey Newman Circle of First UnitedMethodist Church, and the Delta Kappa Gamma honorary teacher society. She grew up in and was a member of a place near and dear to her heart, the Hickory GroveUnited MethodistChurch.
She is survived by two children, Sandra Ulm of Tallahassee and Madison, who was her long-time care-giver, and a son, Irwin “Buddy” Ulm and wife Ann of Anderson, South Carolina. She has four grandchildren: Kathy Schreiber (Robert), Andy Ulm, John Wesley Ulm (Sheri), and Sharon Evans, seven great-grandchildren: Andrea and Stephanie Ulm, Will and Katelyn Schreiber, Morgan Ulm, and Isabella “Izzy” and Rohwan Evans, and one great-great grandchild: Lane Chesser. Debbie Roessler was also special to “Miss Ruby,” who mentored Debby for 12 years and saw her succeed in her chosen field of nursing. The family also appreciates Rosa Brown who helped Sandra take care of “Miss Ruby.” She was preceded in death by her husband A. C. Ulm in 1986, and her parents.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church with burial at HickoryGrove Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 PM at Beggs Funeral Home Madison Chapel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hickory Grove United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P. O. Box 303, Pinetta, FL 32350.