(Ruby) Helen Milner Cortts went peacefully to her glorious home with Jesus on July 12, 2021, after a lengthy illness. Born on November 2, 1929 to T.J. and Edith Milner in Columbus, GA, the oldest of 9 children, she lived in Cuthbert, GA her young life, worked on a farm, and tended the family general store. She graduated from Randolph County H.S. in 1947 and moved to Jacksonville to attend Massey Business College.
She married Curtis H. Crotts July 3, 1954 and moved to North Jacksonville where she resided until 2013. She was an avid gardener. Her yard on Broward Road was the envy of the community. It was recognized in the newspaper and television several times.
She raised a family and was a homemaker until 1986. She worked for Winn Dixie grocery in the deli department as ‘The Hot Dog Lady’. In 1989 she began working for Sam’s Club as a greeter, which completely fit her personality. She retired in 1996.
She was a member of Highlands United Methodist Church since 1972 serving and volunteering in many capacities including Financial Secretary, Treasurer, and Sunday School Teacher.
She enjoyed travel to the mountains and Biloxi often with her sisters, and riding in the car. She was known for her gentle sweet smile and kindness what would light a room and soothe any heart.
She is preceded in death by her parents Tillman Jefferson Milner, Sr. (T.J.) and Emma Edith Milner, her husband of 56 years Curtis H. Crotts, brothers Tillman, Jimmie and Martin Milner, daughter-in-law Nancy Lempke Crotts. Survivors include her sons Curtis Steven Crotts and wife Tammy, Bryan Hilton Crotts and dear friend and companion Joyce Cox, sisters Emma Jeffrey Kilpatrick, Cara Sue Simmons (Willis), Edna Merle (DeDee), Webb (Johnnie), Jan Moore (Robert), brother Richard Arnold Milner (Elaine), sister-in-law Carol Crotts, and a host of nieces and nephews and special friends.
Much gratitude and thanks to in-home caregivers Gloria Solomon and Myriam French for years of loving care. Also, to Haven Hospice staff of Orange Park for their tender care.
A visitation will be held Friday July 16, 2021 from 5 PM to 7 PM in Evergreen Chapel 4535 Main St Jacksonville, Florida 32206. Funeral Service will be 1:30 PM at Highlands Methodist Church 1955 Broward Rd #5337, Jacksonville, FL 32218. An additional visitation will be held in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church or Haven Hospice of Orange Park.