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Ruth H. "Ruthie" O’Mara


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Ruth H. "Ruthie" O’Mara Obituary
Ruth H. O'Mara, 90, passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Verdi, Nev., at her daughter's home.
She was born July 28, 1921, in Kenosha, Wis., to the late Harry B. and Lillian (Nimmo) Slater Sr.
Ruth grew up in Kenosha and attended local schools there. One of her fondest memories was ice skating at Lincoln Park Lagoon. As a young girl she took voice lessons. Music was her mainstay. She enjoyed many types, especially opera.
On Oct. 3, 1945, she married Oliver E. O'Mara Jr., her late husband of 63 years. Their marriage took place at St. Mark's Catholic Church.
She gave birth to two daughters. Both were born at St. Catherine's Hospital in Kenosha.
In 1955, Ruth left Kenosha with her husband and two girls to begin a career as the wife of an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Their first assignment was Victoria, Texas. From there, she moved to Nevada, Japan, California and New Mexico, where they retired in 1970 and lived for the next 40 years.
With each move, Ruth created a safe haven for her family to come home to. She always unpacked the kitchen boxes first so she and her family could continue to share meals at the kitchen table. She enjoyed cooking and had a flair for decorating. She was a self-taught interior designer. Ruth was a devoted wife and mother. Her husband referred to her as a beauty. Her instinct for fashion was enviable.
She was ambitious and eager to join service clubs with every new assignment, and she did. She was a member of officers' wives clubs, bowling leagues and church choirs.
Ruth treasured her friends. She was an avid golfer and played bridge regularly. Reading gave her great pleasure.
Ruthie was outgoing, affable and always capable of stirring up a crowd with her occasional unfiltered observations. She was known to break out in song and would try to harmonize with anyone willing to sing along.
Pride and concern for her six grandchildren occupied much of her time during the last few years.
To the very end, she remained feisty, witty and upbeat.
She died unexpectedly of a stroke. A week before her passing she told her family not to feel badly if anything happened to her because she was ready to go.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver. She is survived by daughters Peggy N. O'Mara and Susan O. Campau (Edward B.); six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at 1 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Reno, Nev. Inurnment will be at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at 12:45 p.m.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 28 to Oct. 28, 2011
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