ALLEN, Julia Marie Rua, 74, born in Knoxville, TN on April 13, 1938, passed peacefully while in her daughter's home on October 11, 2012. Julia, known as "Judy" by her family and friends, was a lifelong resident of Tampa and of the Christian faith. She graduated from Hillsborough High School and worked as a legal secretary for MacFarlane Ferguson & McMullen, P.A. for over 50 years. Preceded in death by her husband Ralph E. Allen, she is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Leesa Nero Wright and Steven A. Wright, Jeanne Nero Runge and Richard M. Runge, Denise Allen Alday and Luke Alday; five grandchildren, Lindsay Erin Wright, Jessica Lauren Wright, Clinton Mason Runge and his wife Kelly Lynn Runge, Colin Michael Runge, and Jeffery Allen Abreu; and her great-grandchild, Alyssa Marie Abreu. She is also survived by her brothers, Manual and Donnie Rua. Julia's life was always focused on her family, career, and enjoying her home and garden she worked so hard to achieve. Her life was filled with the love for her children, son-in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchild and the undying admiration and love of her family and friends. She will always be remembered for her inner strength and fierce love for her family. Mom will be achingly missed but we take comfort in knowing she is in heaven with her mother and father and Holy Father. She will always be in our thoughts and forever in our hearts. Services will be held at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home, www.gardenofmemoriestampa.com, 4207 East Lake Avenue, Tampa, at 12:30 pm Tuesday, October 16, 2012 immediately followed by burial services at the Myrtle Hill Memorial Park, 4202 East Lake Avenue, Tampa. In lieu of, or in addition to flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Caregivers and More (407) 786-5861 and/or Vitas Hospice (407) 875-0028 on her behalf.
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Published in TBO.com on Oct. 14, 2012