A newspaper clipping includes a black and white photograph, but a family's memories paint a vivid portrait of Ruby Bolden.

" Ruby was extraordinary," said her sister Alease Frazier.

Bolden died in 1984, but members of her family still gather to honor her memory.

"If she gave you her word she was going to do something, you could take it to the bank, because she meant exactly what she said and she would do it," Frazier said. "If she told you she wasn't going to do something, it was the same thing," she laughed.

And for more than ten years, members of the family have recognized local organizations that share Bolden's passion for community service.

On this day, the family made contributions to the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia and the Roanoke Tribune.

"I am just so honored to be here on the occasion of honoring Ruby Bolden," said Roanoke Tribune Publisher Claudia Whitworth, "and I am so sure she would be so proud of her entire family."

Willard Bolden is Ruby Bolden's son. "She would be just joyous," he said. "These organizations that were honored are also in her spirit, doing what she did - help people give back and keep the hope of Roanoke Valley that everybody loves everybody and that we take care of our own. "

Ruby Bolden worked for the Roanoke Tribune in the newspaper's early years when it was located on Gilmer Avenue.

The recognition the family organized Friday included a proclamation from Mayor David Bowers recognizing the paper's 75th anniversary this year.