A Denison resident got special recognition on Monday that few others live long enough to see.
Just weeks after her 103rd birthday, Ruby Golden was honored with a special proclamation naming the day in her honor. Denison Mayor Janet Gott read the proclamation in Golden’s honor during a reception at Stone Brook Assisted Living in Denison on Monday.
“It is important that we recognize our citizens and especially this citizen,” Gott said. “She is 103 years young. I understand that she has spent decades teaching in the school system. Just think about the number of lives she has impacted and that she continues to impact. I hear about Ruby and was told she lives life to the fullest. When someone contributes to the community the way she does, I think it is important that we recognize the impact she has had.”
Golden was an English teacher in Leonard and has spent her entire life in North Texas.
“When I was growing up, she was my high school English teacher,” Golden’s step-daughter Janet Ayers-Keele said during the reception. “She was not my stepmom yet. Then after my mom died, a few years later my dad married Ruby Golden. They had a good life. He had some heart trouble and she took such good care of him, I vowed I would take care of her. I did not imagine she would live 100 years let alone 103 going on 104. She was a great teacher.”
Ayers-Keele said that while there were just a few of Golden’s former students at Monday’s event, at the 103rd birthday party held on Feb. 25, around a dozen of Golden’s former students were in attendance.
“It was so nice,” Ayers-Keele said, adding others who could not attend sent flowers. “They varied in ages and were from different classes. It was the class of 1965, 1970 and others. She is a special lady. She has good sense and her mind is still sharp.”
Along with her step-daughter, Golden also has two grandsons and five great-grandchildren. Golden said the best part of her birthday party was seeing the 150 people that attended the February event.
“Leonard is a small town and all the families knew all the other families,” she said. “It was important for us all to get an education.”
The biggest change in education that Golden has seen during her life is in the tools teachers are now able to use in the classroom.
“We used to have tapes that we sometimes used in the classroom,” she said. “Now they have computers. I do not guess they had been invented when I was young. We just used what we could, what we had.