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Subject: Actress Mae Roberts

Dies at 100
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Date Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 10:13:45am

August 6, 1917 - December 27, 2017

Ruby Mae Jacobson was born on August 6 1917 in Mission British Columbia Canada. The family including mother Alice Jacobson her father William Scott Jacobson and her brother Edwin Scott Jacobson temporarily moved to Minnesota on the way to ultimately settling in the early '30s to Los Angeles California. Ruby attended Hollywood High School from 1935 to 1939. During this same period she met and married Art Roberts. Her first son Ray Roberts was born on September 12 1937. During the early and mid-1940s she joined the Screen Extras Guild and the Screen Actors Guild. Thereafter she made appearances in several motion pictures from 1941 through 1946 under the name Mae Roberts. Among them were: Of Human Bondage Confidential Agent Swing Shift Maisie The Affairs of Martha Confirm or Deny Men of Boys' Town and The Devil and Miss Jones. One of her most memorable scenes was of the "homely" girl with glasses dancing and making eyes at Mickey Rooney in Men of Boys' Town (1941). Ruby was remarried in 1947 to Joseph A. Wharton and gave birth to a son Richard J. Wharton on her birthday August 6 1948. She discontinued her pursuit of an acting career and worked for Ohrbach's Department Store on Wilshire Blvd. from November 1963 until her retirement on May 31 1986. On December 22 1986 she moved from her home in Santa Monica to the Motion Picture Country House in Woodland Hills where she spent the next 31 years. Her husband Joseph Wharton was a member of IBEW for 40 years and also received his healthcare at the MPTF in Woodland Hills. Ruby loved her stay at the Country House and the Lodge cultivated many friendships and pursued a lifelong interest in painting. She helped residents to fill out Advance Care Directives. She was a member of the Wellness Group and the Women's Discussion Group. She participated in the walking club and in 1992 she won a painting award given by the Valley Arts Festival. Those who knew her best loved her for her cheerfulness of heart and her infectious optimistic spirit. Friends and relatives whom she loved experienced her love as unconditional. Ruby Wharton passed away December 27 2017 at the age of 100. She is survived by her son Richard Wharton grandson Ray Roberts and granddaughters Renee Roberts and Barbara Stusser; as well as by five great-grandchildren Taylor Roberts Kyle Stusser Jenna Stusser Will Roberts and Carson Roberts. A memorial Service was held on February 18 2018 at the John Ford Chapel. Her final resting place is at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 30, 2018.


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