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In loving honor and memory of Ruby Von Dwornick

May 20, 1957 – October 29, 2022 


Ruby Isabelle (Souza) Von Dwornick of Cambridge died October 29, 2022, at age 65 from complications related to ovarian cancer and Covid-19.

Ruby was born to the late Walter and Ruby (Ray) Souza on May 20, 1957. She was raised in a large and caring family as the youngest of seven children. She was preceded in death by her siblings Edith, Walter, Lawrence, Richard, and Patricia; and her stepsiblings Tom, Anne, Joe, and Johnny; and her beloved husband, Daniel Von Dwornick.  

Ruby devoted herself to her family, friends, and her faith. Her favorite word was “joy” based on a spiritual belief that “men are, that they might have joy.” She brought joy into our lives in so many ways, from the movie screen to her social posts, inviting us to come along for the journey. She loved her longtime companion, her furry Lucy, as well as photography, flowers, music, lighthouses (especially Nubble Light!), rainbows, pandas, and of course Jiminy Cricket.  Her optimism and positivity were contagious, even in the face of adversity. She believed that each day is an opportunity to live better and that we are here to help each other out. 

Ruby is survived by her sister Sandra, her cherished aunts Jeanette and Joan; her stepsiblings Irene, Carol, and Bob; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and many other loving relatives and friends. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and how she lived with an open heart.

Onward, upward, and skyward to the heavens, you will be forever in our hearts.

All are welcome to gather for a visitation at the Rogers Funeral Home on Friday, November 4, 2022, and the graveside service on Saturday, November 5, 2022, followed by a memorial at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Details follow:  

Friday, November 4th, 4:00 - 8:00 pm at Rogers Funeral Home 380 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141.

Graveside Service
Saturday, November 5th, 10:00 am at Cambridge Cemetery, 76 Coolidge Avenue, Cambridge 02138. 

Those wishing to attend the graveside service, please meet just inside the main gate of the cemetery between 9:30 and 9:45 am.

Memorial Service
Saturday, November 5th, 12:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15 Ledgewood Place, Belmont 02478



# Ron Sousa 2022-11-01 19:04
Ruby will forever live in my heart. Her radiant smile and inspirational way of living to the fullest and for one another will serve as a guide for all of us.
God bless her soul with eternal peace as she shares the joy of heaven with family and friends.
# Karen French 2022-11-01 20:37
My sincere condolences to all of Ruby's family. I'm know she will be surely missed. She always had a smile on her face, brightness in her eyes, love in her heart, joy in her soul that just radiated outward. Miss you Ruby. I know you are happily reunited with all the family that has gone on before you and you are now experiencing happiness and love that we cannot comprehend on this earthly plane. Until we meet again.
# Biff Kelley 2022-11-02 11:05
A sad day for all of us but glorious for Ruby as God calls her home. You'll be missed my friend.
# Michael Sullivan 2022-11-03 21:57
To Ruby’s Family and Friends:

Please accept our deepest sympathies.

We had the great pleasure to meet Ruby about 20 years ago at the Boston Pops 4th of July celebration when the Tabernacle Choir was performing. Ruby had the ability to walk into room of strangers and walk out of a room full of friends. We count ourselves as friends from then on.

Ruby lived Luke 2:10, “I bring you good tidings of great joy.”

You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Michael and Denise Sullivan
# Andrea Lyman 2022-11-04 11:31
Ruby was a valued and talented member of SAG-AFTRA and our performing arts industry as well as a lovely woman. My heart goes out to all of her family and many friends. You are in my prayers.

Andrea Lyman
New England Local SAG-AFTRA President
# Angie PH 2022-11-05 12:59
Sending love and prayers for Debra and all of the family. Ruby helped me learn to grieve with faith and compassion; an immeasurable gift. I will always think of her when I see lighthouses, bicycles in the snow, Yorkies, and the word, "Joy." Thank you for sharing her with us.
# Carole Brooks 2022-11-14 10:59
Ruby and I met on the set of "The Crucible". What a joy it was to work with her and to spend time after the film meeting up in Cambridge. She organized a reunion of background players from the film. It was such fun. She was a ball of love and positive energy. She will be dearly missed. Godspeed, Rudy.
# Eve Kennedy-Spaien 2022-12-02 09:22
The entire team at Spaulding Outpatient Center in Medford wishes Ruby's family and friends our deepest condolences. Ruby was a brilliant light. Her positivity, creativity, and compassion touched all of us. We are so sorry to hear of her passing. Please know our thoughts are with you.
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