Wake will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. Funeral services will be begin at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church at 8309 Brandon Street, Houston, Texas.

Posted by Dena Stukenberg on April 20, 2019
So sorry for the loss for the family of Ruby Odessa Kizzee. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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Posted by Dena Stukenberg on April 20, 2019
So sorry for the loss for the family of Ruby Odessa Kizzee. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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Letter from Ruby

To My Children, Grandchildren and Loved Ones,

When I am gone if your heart gets heavy, cry if you must, but don’t grieve for me, for I have gone to a better place where there is no pain, no heartaches. I don’t have to cry no more, so please be glad that God gave us this time together. Hold on to God’s unchanging hands, stand tall for God the rest of your life.

I will have found peace. Remember if you know God, you can find peace in the midst of a storm. For only what you do for Christ will last. Michael, keep the family together. I love you all.


Ruby Odessa Kizzee was born in Lovelady, Texas, on June 16, 1924 to Mr. Samuel Johnson and Mrs. Viola Griffin Johnson. Ruby joined and was baptised in the Weeping Mary Baptist Church by the Late Rev. D.S. Bailey. She attended school at Lovelady, Oakwood, Green Bay and graduated from Elkhart in 1943.

Ruby moved to Houston in 1945 and united with Pleasant Grove Baptist Church under Rev. Aaron McCardell Sr. Rev. Aaron McCardell who married Ruby and Mr. Robert E. Kizzee Sr.

Through this union, six children were born. They moved to the Bayou apt addition in Houston where she united with the First Baptist Church under the late Rev. G.E. Moore for 13 years.

In 1963, they moved to Sunnyside in Houston. Then united with Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. Rev. J.E. Britton in 1964. There, Ruby served as the General Secretary of the church for nearly 40 years. She was member of the senior choir and matron of the young adult choir. In 2004, Ruby united with St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Rev. James E. Nash, Sr.

Today, Ruby leaves to celebrate her homegoing with her pastor and the entire church family. Ruby is survived by: her brother Oliver Johnson; son and daughter-in-law Robert Kizzee II and Beverly; son and daughter-in-law Michael Kizzee and Sherri, son Johnny Kizzee and Linda, son Ricky Kizzee and son-in-law Foster Wright.

Ruby also has eight grandchildren, Latonya Kizzee, Robert Kizzee III, Shelly Kizzee, Brandy Powell, Michael Kizzee II, Marcus Wright, Taylor Kizzee and Stacy Wright. Ruby also has 12 great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

She is also survived by other family and friends including Seniors of Distinction, L.A. McKelvey, Mary Hampton, Sis. Kimberley Jones, Paula Sauceda, Fay Mitchell, Sis. Lou Williams, Sis. Odell Dennis, Sis. Sandra Hines, Sis. Resa Britton and Sis. Glenda White.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband Robert E. Kizzee Sr. and daughters Judy Kizzee and Mitzi Wright.

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Shared by LaTonya Kizzee on April 16, 2019

This Is So Very Hard, My Grannie Taught Me How NOT To Do So Much Grieving For Many But NEVER Did I Know I Wasn't Taught When It Was Her Time To Depart. Father, Comfort And Hold Me Now

Lord, I Come Humbly Before You Now With A Heavy Heart And Teary Eyes Asking That You Keep Our Entire Kizzee Family, Extended Family & Friends As We All Need To Be Kept. Carry Us In Your Hands On This Day As Well As Through This Week As We Prepare To Lay Our Matriarch To Rest On Saturday. Give Us All The Daily Strength In Which Will Need Hereafter. Comfort Us Fully In Every Area Of Our Bodies. Lord, There May Be An Emotion, Some Grief And Many Tears, Father God Please Soothe Us And Continue To Carry Us All Every Step Of The Way By Your Leading And Guidance. Revamp Us In A Way That Only You Can As You Redirect Our Steps And Reposition Our Territory. We Accept Your Will And Glory That Our Matriarch Are Now Smiling Real Big With You In The Heavens Above. Lord, Only You Can Touch Our Hearts And Ease The Pain As We, Her Family Proceed With Greatness To Continue Holding Her Torch Of Wisdom, Knowledge, Love, Joyous Memories, Great Moments And Times In Which We Shared With Her, Laughed And Cried With Her, Shopping Days With Her, Doctor Appointments Days With Her And On-Going Church Days As We All Grown With Her As We Grew With You. We Miss Her Talking, Her Phones Or Just When She Cooked A Meal And Shared It. As We Look To The Hills With Some Special Love In Our Hearts For Her, We Know That Those Whom Diligently Seek You And Live Accordingly By Your Laws, Commandments And Ways, We Shall See Her Again One Day, As She Smiles With Open Arms. Thankyou Lord For The Breath Of Life Of Our 94 Year Old Matriarch, Ruby O. Kizzee, Known As Moma, Grannie, Grandmother And Sister Kizzee, For This We Cherish As We Continue To Fulfill Our Purposes In Life And Journey To Meet And See Her Again. 

Gone Too Soon, But Never Will Be Forgotten

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Shared by LaTonya Kizzee on April 16, 2019

Our Matriarch Of The Kizzee Family Has Fulfilled Her Life's Purpose And Has Reached Her Destiny As God Had Seen Her To Do By His Grace. Lord We Thank You For The 94 Years You Allowed Her To Breathe For Your God-Given Will, Amen.

#OurGrannie #OurHeart #OurLove #OurBackbone #OurWomanOfGod #OurStrength #OurVoice #OurJoy
Shared by LaTonya Kizzee on April 16, 2019

In Memory Of My Grannie Ruby, Known For Wearing Many Stylish Hats And Colors. Imma Rock This Hat She Brought Me Some Years Ago. So Here's To You Grannie Ruby, Our Matriarch And Our Virtuous Queen.

#BabyGurl #LadyOfManyHats #GodGirl #OldestGranddaughter #GranniesHats #ILoveMyGrannie #MissingHer