Ruth Wade O’Neal passed away on Jan. 15, 2014. She was born to George and Mabel Wade on Nov. 25, 1919, and grew up on their farm in the Dexter-Hagerman area of Southern New Mexico. She married Burl O’Neal when he returned from WWII and they lived a happy life in Roswell until his death in 1960. Ruth had a daughter, Peggy O’Neal in 1949, and a son in 1956, Brian Frank O’Neal, who died at birth. Ruth was an elementary school teacher in Roswell for many years. She retired in her 50s and enjoyed the next 40 years traveling, playing bridge and spending time with her family.
She moved to Albuquerque when she was in her 70s to be near her daughter, Peggy, son-in-law, Bill, and their daughters. She made many friends at Sombra Del Monte Christian Church and also had many bridge buddies. When Peggy and Bill moved to Los Lunas, she lived with them in their home. Ruth made many new bridge friends and also delighted in her four great-grandchildren. They will have many happy memories of time spent with their Gigi. She was an active and healthy 94-year-old until a week before her death. Ruth is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Bill Weaver, of Los Lunas; granddaughter, Maggy Fitzgerald and her husband, Steve; and their children: Jack and Emma, of Belen; granddaughter, Holly Weaver, and her children: Levi and Lily Chapin, of Los Lunas; and an extended family who loved her very much. Ruth was a gracious lady who left a wonderful legacy of loving kindness, strength and generosity to her family. A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the Weaver home. For details, please contact Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas at 505-565-1700. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Adoption Assistance Agency, 2800 Eubank Blvd. NE Alb. NM 87112, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit Ruth’s online guest register at riversidefunerals.com.
Arrangements entrusted to: Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE. 505-565-1700.