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Ruby Alene BUCK

Female 1917 - 2013  (95 years)


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  • Name Ruby Alene BUCK 
    Born 12 Sep 1917  Silver Valley, Coleman, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 30 May 2013  Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I2923  von Rosenberg Family Tree
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2013 

    Father Arthur Reeves BUCK,   b. 9 Oct 1884, Silver Valley, Coleman, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1965, Coleman, Coleman, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Stella CLARK,   b. 8 Aug 1892, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1990, Harris County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Married Abt 1916  [3
    Family ID F927  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Aubrey Henry RABENSBURG,   b. 22 Jul 1916, La Grange, Fayette, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1986, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 20 Aug 1938  Coleman, Coleman, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F961  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • “In 1938, at the age of twenty, Alene Buck left her Coleman County roots for the oil boom town of Midland, Texas where she met Aubrey Henry Rabensburg, who was an aspiring young petroleum geologist, a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and at the time working for Continental Oil Company (now Conoco). The two were married at her parents' home in Coleman County before moving to Houston in 1939 where Aubrey had recently received an offer from a well-known oil company that in turn led to an even better offer with independent oil operator John W. Mecom, who was in need of a qualified petroleum geologist. Thus a long career with the Mecom companies commenced and continued for a quarter of a century.

      “Alene and Aubrey made Houston their permanent home. They initially lived in the historic neighborhoods of Woodland and Houston Heights where they started their family with the birth of Barbara Gayle in 1943 followed by Aubrey Neale in 1946. In 1949 they bought a new home in the Houston subdivision of Garden Oaks where they lived for four years before starting construction in the winter of 1952 on a much larger home in the Tanglewood Subdivision located along Houston's western fringes. Alene kept a beautiful home and was good mother. She was very involved in church, social and civic activities and supported her husband during his business career. She and Aubrey entertained regularly and had many friends. They were both avid bridge players and were members of a number of amateur bridge groups that managed to stay active for decades. Alene continued to play bridge on a regular basis until she was well into her 90's.

      “Alene was particularly proud of her civic and social accomplishments. Foremost among these was as a Board member of the Tanglewood Garden Club where she served as its President. She was also an active member of the Houston Geological Society Auxillary (HGSA) for many years. Aubrey had served as both Vice-President and President of the HGS during the mid-1950's. Besides her church work and aforementioned social activities, Alene was a longtime member of the Anime Book Club of Houston, a Patron of the Junior League of Houston and a member of local women's sewing club. She was also a Girl Scout Assistant Leader during her daughter's years as an active Girl Scout.

      “When Aubrey at age sixty-nine died prematurely in June 1986 of an aneurism, Alene was unprepared for such an early and an abrupt departure. They had been married for almost 48 years at the time of his death, and Aubrey had only pronounced the night before "that he planned to live forever". However, Alene managed to adjust to the life of a widow and turned to her children, grandchildren, friends and church for comfort and love. She kept busy with her bridge games playing with different groups often twice a week. Alene continued to travel with family and friends to such faraway places as the Caribbean and Hawaii and within the United States to Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Grand Canyon, Natchez, Mississippi, Natchitoches, Louisiana, Branson, Missouri as well as to many towns and regions in Texas.” [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S83] Houston Chronicle, Sunday, June 2, 2013.

    2. [S14] Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Coleman County, Texas, ED 55, p. 3B, line 96.

    3. [S15] Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Coleman County, Texas, ED 42, p. 5.