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Valdez, Ruby E.

Ruby E. Valdez, 66, lifelong resident of Albuquerque, was called home by our Heavenly Father on September 14, 2016, after an incredibly courageous battle with breast cancer.

She is survived by her husband, David Valdez; children, John Benavidez, Christina Valdez, Robert Valdez, and Starr Valdez; stepsons, David Candelaria (Carla Castillo) and David Valdez; grandchildren, Monique Candelaria, David Candelaria, and Rylie Valdez; two great-grandchildren; mother, Josie Gallegos; sister, Jessie Gallegos; and extended family members. Ruby was preceded in death by her father, Eutimio Gallegos.

Ruby will be remembered for her infectious smile, generous heart, tireless work ethic, and love of dancing. She proved time and time again that a mother's love for her children knows no boundaries.

"A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take." -Cardinal Mermillod

Memorial services will be held and announced at a later date.

To celebrate the life of Ruby Valdez, the family has established a memorial fund at the University of New Mexico to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Fund at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be mailed to the UNM Foundation, Two Woodward Center, 700 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102 or made online at


(Please include a note stating your gift is in memory of Ruby.)
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Sept. 22, 2016
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