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1936 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
MaryLee passed away peacefully at home on September 21, 2016 at the age of 79 surrounded by her family. She was born on November 5, 1936 in Stigler, Oklahoma to Elsie Melvina (Christy) and James Delmer Brazeal who preceded her in death. She was the youngest of four: survived by Helen Neal of Delano and preceded in death by her two brothers, Dewey Brazeal of Keene and Leon Brazeal of Bosfish/Bakersfield. MaryLee came to Delano in 1943. She was married to Melvin (Smokey) Lee Rufert on August 18, 1955. He preceded her in death.
MaryLee is survived by three sons Eric Rufert and wife Magie, Jim Rufert, Kenny Rufert & his wife Terri, her two grandsons, Matt Rufert and Jake Rufert. She was preceded by her nephew Dewey Mike Brazeal and survived by her sister-in-laws Betty Brazeal, Sue Ayres, and Nickie Brazeal, nephews Tim Brazeal, Jerry Brazeal, Dennis Brazeal, and nieces Rene Brazeal, Jan Moore and Cookie Brazeal, as well as many other family members and friends.
MaryLee was an educator in Delano for 31 years. She has made a significant impact on many lives. She will be deeply missed.
Visitation (9:00-10:00) and Memorial Service (10:00-11:00) will be held at Delano Mortuary at 707 Browning, Delano, Ca 93215, Wednesday, September 28th. There will be no graveside or reception. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in MaryLee Rufert's name to Hoffman Hospice (8501 Brimhall Road Bldg. 100, Bakersfield, Ca 93312), as they made bringing mom home a loving experience.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 25, 2016
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