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Missing Ed Ruby

There are many things to share about Ed and Seattle, but I just want to focus on what happened with Ed and me.

On the third of September, I was deeply saddened to learn from a friend in Seattle that Ed Ruby had died. He was a most important part of my drag life as well as before and after my years of drag in Seattle. We go back to the Mouseketeer Club at Spags and further. There are so many things about Ed, and, of course, Chico, that bring a smile and a tear to my heart. Ed was always there for me when I needed a shoulder to cry on or laugh on, and he never said no when asked to do something. Many times I went to his apartment near the Elite in jeans and left there dressed to the nines for yet another drag function. He had a neighbor across the way that lived for me coming to the apartment to get into drag so he could watch from his apartment (I did not learn this till later).

When I stepped down as Crown Princess of the Evergreen Empire, I discovered that Larry's and my most beloved stuffed animal, Mr. Pibb, had been stolen during the ball. Four years later, at Seattle's Coronation at the Mountaineer's Club, just before the crowning ceremony which made me the 15th Empress of Seattle, Ed Ruby proudly returned Mr. Pibb to Larry and I (in a brown paper bag, I might add). Ed happened upon Mr. Pibb at someone's apartment that he knew and stole him back for us. That's just the way Ed was. "If it's yours, keep it. If it's not, let's get it back to whom it belongs."

He was a great contributor to the community and never asked for anything more than a thank you. He spent many hours helping to set up for whatever might be happening at the Elite on Broadway as well as at the Crescent. He cooked some beautiful turkeys and was famous for his cheese balls. His pickles were a disaster! They blew up.

I know in my heart that the most beloved memories I will always cherish of Ed are the times that he and I spent together out in the City as Oly XV. My God, we had fun, just the two of us. The most embarrassing moment for me as reigning Empress was when he and I were on the end barstool at the Elite at close to closing time and ended up on the floor with the barstool on top of us. We left a dent in the floor! And still had time for another beer!

I share the loss Seattle feels in the death of Ed, and will always hold him in my heart as someone I was always proud to stand beside.

My dear Ed, Mr. Pibb, Just Plain Ruth, and I miss you.

Her Imperial Sovereign Majesty of the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire,

Olympia XV Miss Winnie Thurzdae

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