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Woman Dies After Fire Destroys Home

The victim taught at a local preschool.

A preschool teacher has died after a fire at her home in Tucker.

Ruby Eskew, 64, was pronounced dead on Wednesday night at Grady Hospital's burn unit after fire broke out at the Sheffield Place residence she shared with her daughter and son-in-law, both of whom escaped unharmed.

A teacher at Eastminster Preschool on Hugh Howell Road, Eskew sustained severe burns and went into cardiac arrest in a fire that had engulfed the house when firefighters arrived on the scene. The cause has yet to be determined.

Eastminster's director Sarah Baldwin said in a statement: "Ms. Ruby taught at our Preschool last year and continued working in our After School Program at Eastminster after arthritis kept her from working with the younger children. Ruby's faith, experience and love for the children and people she worked with makes this news very difficult and sad."


tracie eskew bennett February 08, 2013 at 06:19 PM
I love you momma...miss you terribly
Robin Vance Gall February 08, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Praying for your family Tracie. You mom was an amazing woman and will be missed by all of us. Robin Vance Gall
G. Green February 09, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Toni, Tracie and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was loved by many. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kevin Madigan (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 05:16 AM
Message from Judy Spain: The couple has lost their mother and everything they own. We are reaching out to you, the Tucker High School Community, to ask for help. Barbara Brownlee O’Connor, neighbor and friend of the family, has offered her help. Needed: Clothing....female 12-14....tops a large....man size jeans 32-32...probably a medium to large shirt. Do not have shoe sizes. If you would like to contribute mopain: ney or department store gift cards, the family would be truly grateful. Cofer brothers will be collecting any money you wish to donate! Contact information for any question you may have: Barbara Brownlee O’Connor 1745 Ronald Road Tucker, GA 30084 770-938-6309 HOME 678-770-9979 CELL
Gail Brantley Laubach February 09, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Our love and prayers go out to the family of Ruby, a beloved lady by all. Bill and Gail Brantley Laubach
nikki webb February 10, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Ruby was such a blessing to me and my husband in fort Walton beach Florida. I met her as a sales rep at apd! She was our sales person but I built a wonderful bond with her that surpassed our business relationship! I will miss u ruby but I am at peace knowing u r sitting with the Lord waiting for all us that love u!
Jackie Moore February 10, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Traci & Toni I am so sorry to hear about Ruby . I have many memories throughout the years and so often she comes to mind as the words of wisdom "You will understand one day" comes true with the aging process. She will me missed. You and your families are in our prayers. Jackie & Derek Moore
jerry t sanders February 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM
jerry thomas sander jr dear tracy my heart goes out to you and your family , your mother was so sweet to me , this world will miss her dearly, if tou or toni neede anything lord knows i will help , allways on my mind jerry thomas sander jr
jerry t sanders February 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM
yes
jerry t sanders jr February 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM
my heart goes out to tracy and toni
jerry t sanders jr February 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM
my heart goes out to tracy and toni if there is anything you need , I will be there for you. god bless jerry sanders jr

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