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Ruth Galvez

April 28, 1926 — February 17, 2012

A rosary for Ruth J. Galvez 85, of Grants, New Mexico will be on Thursday-February 23, 2012- 7:00 PM at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church

Memorial Mass will be held Friday-February 24, 2012-11:00 AM at St Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Grants New Mexico.

Ruth Galvez died quietly at her home after a short illness, on Friday February 17, 2012 at 11:00 in the morning. She was surrounded by her loving family, she was 85 years old. Ruth was born on April 28, 1926 in Allison, Colorado where her father worked for the Rio Grand Railroad. She was one of ten children, the daughter of Juan Manuel Gallegos and Tiodocita Gallegos both of Mogote, Colorado. She was preceded in death by Robert Gallegos, Candido Gallegos, Phil Gallegos, Albert Gallegos, Moises Gallegos, Celeste Gallegos, Tila Ruybal, Pauline Lucero. She is survived by one sister Becky Blea of Grants New Mexico.

Ruth Married Gus Galvez of Antonito Colorado. They had a short courtship prior to Gus going off to war in 1943. When Gus returned from the war in 1946 they renewed there courtship, and were married in Taos, New Mexico on December 12,1947, They have been married for 65 years and had four children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild:

Roberta Dominguez of Northridge California who is married to Steven Dominguez from Tucumcari New Mexico and reside in Northridge California, they have three children, Steven Robert, Kristina Stannish, and JonMarie Dominguez.

Nancy Sandoval of Albuquerque and her two children Leo and Ion Sandoval and one Grandchild Melanie Sandoval.

Gus Galves of Albuquerque who is married to Lori Parkhurst from Grants New Mexico, they have two children Eric and Devin Galves.

Brenda Judd of Albuquerque, who is married to Kevin Judd from Canada, they have two children Rhianna and Brandon Judd.

Gus and Ruth lived in Redcliff, Colorado after they were married, where Gus worked for the New Jersey Zinc Mine. They moved to Montana when the mine went on strike in 1955 and returning to Colorado in 1957. They made the final move to Grants New Mexico in 1958 where they made there home and raised their family. Gus worked for the Kerr McGee Corporation until his retirement in 1985 and Ruth worked with the School in the Food Department until she retired in 1987.

Ruth enjoyed traveling with her children. She and Gus took many trips with their family to name a few places, Costa Rica, Grand Cyman, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Cozumel Mexico where they celebrated there 50th wedding anniversary with the family and many trips to California to visit friends and family and many more places. Ruth enjoyed seeing new places and meeting new people.

Ruth was a very progressive woman for her time, having attending boarding school in El Rito, New Mexico where she finished high school and she studied to be a secretary. She went to work in Albuquerque as a secretary for a time and returned home after Gus came back from the war. She knew the value of education and ensured that all of her children completed a college education.

She enjoyed being around people and loved to dance, as all her friends would agree, she and Gus were the first on the dance floor and the last off. She loved to read and kept up with current events. She knew no stranger, Ruth made friends easily and loved to visit with people when you talked with her she gave you her full attention. She was a joy to be around.

She was a loving wife and mother and will be missed by her family and friends.
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