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Ruby Edna Harper Weaver Ballard
Jan. 3, 1930-Nov. 2, 2012
Ruby Edna Harper Weaver Ballard, 82, died unexpectantly Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at San Juan Regional Medical Center, in Farmington. She was born Jan. 3, 1930, to Reuben Harold Harper and Marvin Edna Lenor Oliver Harper, in Ridge, Mont., during the winter, in a sheep wagon, while her parents herded sheep.
Ruby married John William Weaver, June 2, 1947, in Broadus, Mont. The ceremony was performed by the same Justice of the Peace who married her parents, after John was discharged from the U.S. Army, May 7, 1946. Unknowing to Ruby at the time, her brother, Jack Harper married Ruby's friend and schoolmate, Illiene in Pocatello, Idaho and Ruby's best friend, Barbara Evans was married in Sheridan, Wyo. They both married at the end of May, May 24th and May 25th, respectively.
Ruby was a homemaker in Gillette, Wyo. raising four boys while her husband worked as a carpenter, a mechanic and an electrician. John had the ability to accomplish anything he tackled. John died in 1961, at the age of 36, from a pulmonary embolism.
Ruby married John Peter Ballard in 1962, in Gillette, Wyo. He had six children, Mike, Paula, David, Tony, Sam and Peggy Ballard. They continued to live in Wyo. with their mother. The family resided in Wyo., N.M. and Colo., finally settling in Farmington and then on a farm in Flora Vista. Becky and Angela ""Mikki,"" blood sisters, were welcomed into the family as newborns via adoption in 1965 and 1970.
John received his Registered Medical Technologist Degree (RMT) in Denver, Colo. During the 1960's and 1970's he was the San Juan Hospital (now San Juan Regional Medical Center) Lab Manager. Following SJRMC, he was the lab and x-ray technician for doctors, Floyd Parker and Raymond Sitta, at Farmington Family Practice on Apache St. in the 1970's. He had also worked for San Juan Concrete and Savage Coal Company as a truck driver. John died at the age of 57, in Feb. 1984.
As a homemaker, Ruby was very supportive of her husbands and her children, grandchildren and great-children.
Ruby will be remembered for her expert care and raising of animals. It was always a pleasure, especially for her grandchildren, to hangout on ""the farm"" and spend time with the variety of animals: new baby chicks being incubated and hatched, beautiful peacocks, turkeys, geese, pheasants, pigeons, ducks, a Shetland horse and her colt, a donkey, pet raccoon, pet skunk and of course sheep and goats. She was a miniature Poodle breeder. Ruby became friends with many people throughout the area who came to purchase various animals.
Another great pleasure of Ruby's was frequent camping and fishing with her family in their pick-up and camper along Sig Creek and the Upper Piedra in Colo. Until her death, she could occasionally be found fishing at Farmington Lake, one of her favorite spots.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, Reuben in 1975 and Edna in 1993; husbands, John Weaver and John Ballard; brothers, Jack Harper, George and wife, Betty Harper, Ralph and wife, Leona Harper, Raymond Vernon Harper and Reuben Nelson Harper; sisters, Ella and husband, Bill Denniston and Wanda Garland.
Ruby is survived by her friend and companion, Jaywood Wilson; brothers, Willard (Virginia) Harper, Richard (Mardell) Harper and Lloyd (Brenda) Harper, all of Wyo.; sister-in-law, Illiene Harper; brother-in-law, Jerry Garland; sons, Daniel (Jane) Weaver, of Waterflow, Thomas (Jean) Weaver, of Farmington, Ronald (Cindy) Weaver, of La Plata and Russell Weaver, of Mesa, Ariz.; daughters, Becky Ballard and partner, Donna Alfonso, of Vequita and Angela ""Mikki"" Ballard and partner, Dawn Irons, of Bloomfield; grandchildren, Ron Weaver, Kimico Weaver Peoples, Bill Weaver, Shandra Weaver Smith, Jon Weaver, Tamara Weaver Smith, Scott Weaver, Jarred Weaver, Jennifer Serrano, Natasha Weaver Romero, Tabatha Weaver Contrell, Acacia Weaver and Nathan and Veronika, who called Ruby, grandma and 25 great-grandchildren, including her namesake 14 month-old, Amelia Ruby Weaver.
Pallbearers are Ron Weaver, Bill Weaver, Jon Weaver, Scott Weaver, Jarred Weaver and Roger Hoskins.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington.
A funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, with Pastor Brent Heddin officiating.
Ruby will be laid to rest next to her husband, John Ballard, in Greenlawn Cemetery, 1606 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington.
Ruby's care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688.
Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Nov. 6 to Nov. 13, 2012
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