Mother Ruby Virginia Forsha was born the only child to John Lou Caldwell and Arlevia Brown-Caldwell on February 27, 1935 in Rodessa, Louisiana. Ruby came to Los Angeles at an early age with her parents. She received her formal education through what is now the Los Angeles Unified School District and took Culinary Arts courses at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. In 1952, she was married and from that union she gave birth to Ronald Sibley, Jr. Later In life she met and married Harold Wendell Forsha and from that union was born Cherie Reneé Forsha.
Ruby accepted Christ at an early age. She was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church for most of her youth and as an adult transferred her membership to Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church. She worked in both institutions on several church committees. After which, her Christian Journey led her to follow her daughter and husband to Belmont Avenue Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Ronald Bridgette, Senior Pastor. There she served as a Deaconess, Usher and a faithful member of the Trustee Board.
Ruby spent most of her years working as a supervisor in the electronic industry. In this capacity she was able to flourish and assist with the provisions of her family. In all of her positions she received many accolades for her achievements and work.
Sis. Forsha became a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Rite of Adoption, State of California when she was initiated into Deborah Chapter No. 13 in 1952. Twenty years later she became Worthy Matron and served with her father as Worthy Patron. Sis. Forsha then rose to the ranks of Grand Worthy Matron in 1996 of the Golden State Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Rite of Adoption. She loved the order and all of its history so she became a member of the Phyllis Chapter and was Blessed to have the local chapter grant her homage by naming it the Ruby V. Forsha Phyllis Chapter.
The Prince Hall Family meant a lot to Ruby and she served the East (as president) in every house that she belonged. She was a member and hard worker in Egyptian Court, No. 5 of the Imperial Court Daughters an Auxiliary of the A.E.A.O.N.M.S., Inc., where she also received Past Imperial CommandressHonors; Paradise Court No. 24 of the Prince Hall Grand High Court, Heroines of Jericho; and Los Angeles Assembly, No. 26, of the Robert W. Brown Council of Assemblies, Order of the Golden Circle.
Sis. Forsha was a bright and loving person, she would go out of her way for any sister or brother to assist at whatever she could. Famous for her and her husband’s cooking Ruby and Harold are known for their commitment and love. You would never see one without the other. A match made in Heaven.
On August 20, 2020 with her family at her side, Mother Ruby left this life to dwell her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her loving and devoted son, Ronald Sibley Jr.
Mother Ruby V. Forsha leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband, Harold W. Forsha; Loving Daughter, Cherié Reneé Forsha; Amazing Grandchildren, Sean Patrick Sibley, Ryan Nicole Sibley-Madden, Justin Alexander Sibley, Holland Elizabeth Jane Sibley, Paije René Johnson, and Edward Earl Johnson III; Delightful great-grandchildren Aidan and Audrey Madden. Her nieces Kimberly, Tina, Sharon, Donell, Lizette,and LaTriece. Daughter-in-law Pamela Jane Sibley and Grandson-in-law James Patrick Madden and many generations of family and friends. Mother Ruby will truly be missed by all who where blessed to know and love her.
Funeral Services For Mother Ruby Forsha has been entrusted to: Inglewood Mortuary 1206 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 9030
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