On July 9, 2012, Ian & Pam White had their first child, a beautiful little girl named Ruby. Ruby was a happy, healthy, and very loved.
Ruby was full of life, usually seen with a smile on her face and laughing. Although, one may catch her with such an inquisitive look anyone’s ever seen. She enjoyed spending with her family and pets. Ruby could be often found playing with her pets, playing on a smartphone, “reading” books, or being read to.
Ruby enjoyed little things in life, like just eating the marshmallows out of her Lucky Charms. She was a true “summer baby” who loved the water, whether it was in the bathtub or swimming pool. Ruby was not the average little girl who liked frills and dresses. She definitely preferred t-shirts and pants.
For her first birthday, she had a celebration that lasted 3 weeks. She enjoyed a trip visiting family in Pennsylvania and Michigan. For many out of town relatives, it was the first and only time they met her. Then upon returning home in North Carolina, she had a grand celebration with her local family and friends.
Almost 6 months later, on Monday, February 3, 2014, her mom dropped her off at the babysitter’s, like usual. While there, Ruby laid down to take a nap. However, she didn’t wake up from her nap. An ambulance was called and she was rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, first responders and EMS workers continuously worked to try to revive her. Just before 2:00 pm, Ruby was declared gone.
It was the most devastating moment for her parents. Later that year, they held the first Remembering Ruby annual fundraiser to benefit the SUDC Foundation. They continue to remember and honor their daughter’s life. They are raising Ruby’s little brother, who was born just a little more than a year after she passed away, to know his big sister through stories, pictures, and videos.