When someone stepped into an important position in the city of Parsons, he or she could pretty much count on receiving a call from Ruby Redmond with an invitation to come to her house for tea. For it was on her front porch, over a glass of sweet tea, that politics, business and matters of life pertaining to Parsons’ residents were often discussed.
The 92-year-old matriarch of the Parsons black community died Saturday. …
“She was always supportive and proud of me and would boast to others about me,” Parsons City Commissioner Aaron Keith Stewart said of his great-aunt. “Equally when she didn’t approve of something I did, she would let me know that as well. She was one of the smartest and most politically astute women I have ever met and will be greatly missed by not only myself and my family but by countless others. Parsons has lost an icon.”
City managers, police chiefs, fire chiefs, commissioners, school board members and many others in the community through the years have received a call or personal invitation from Redmond to better make her acquaintance over a glass of tea, sitting in her home or on her front porch.
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