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Educator, church organizer and community activist distinguish the legacy of Mrs. Rubye Neil Benson Fountain, who passed away October 16 at the age of 90.
As a teacher at McKinley Elementary School in Compton, Mrs. Fountain touched thousands of young lives before retiring in 1982. She continued to share her talents as a volunteer with the Chino Hills Unified School District where she received special recognition for establishing a library at Rolling Ridge Elementary School.
Mrs. Fountain devoted comparable energy to working for the Lord. A long-time member of the C.M.E. Church, she and her husband, James, played a critical role in forming Allen Temple C.M.E. Church in Compton, now known as Curry Temple C.M.E. Church.
She was active as a Sunday School teacher, missionary leader, Stewardess, and choir member at Curry and Primm Tabernacle C.M.E. Church in Pomona.
“Sister Fountain was the epitome of a wife, servant of Lord and faithful member of the kingdom of God. She truly allowed for her light to shine so others could see her good works and God could get the glory,” said Curry Temple Pastor Byron L. Smith.
In the area of community service, Mrs. Fountain volunteered with a weekly outreach that fed the homeless each Friday. She also participated in Jack and Jill of America – South Los Angeles Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Church Women United and the National Council of Negro Women.
A native of Nacogdoches, TX, Mrs. Fountain was born January 18, 1923 to Sanford and Leola Benton. After graduating from Moton High School in Orange, TX, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Texas College and a Master of Education degree at Texas Southern University.
In January 1943, she married James M. Fountain II, often described as ‘the love of her life,’ and they became the parents of three children. Known for her loving and determined spirit, Mrs. Fountain conquered bi-literal pneumonia, colon cancer and a heart attack in her later years.
“Rubye was a courageous woman of God who inspired so many people,” said Mrs. Bettye Faye Nichols, a close friend.
Quoting a C.M.E. ritual, she added, “Hallelujah, the race is won, eternal life is gained, her happiness has just begun, the crown of life obtained.”
Cherishing her life and memory are her husband, James; daughter, Pamela; sons, James III and Melvin; grandchildren, Marcus, Yolanda, Keith, Shannon, Ryan, Amber and Michael; and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.