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Vesta Marie Rucker

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In memory of Vesta Marie Rucker
Vesta Marie Rucker, 96, died Tuesday, June 15, 2010, after a long illness. Vesta was born in Alamogordo to Ruth and Luther Ragsdale. Vesta's grandparents Francis and Susan Evans, along with her great-grandfather George Elliott, originally came to New Mexico in 1884 to homestead in James Canyon where her mother, Ruth Evans, was born. Ruth grew up in the mountains and married Luther Ragsdale in 1912. Tragically, Luther died in 1918 during the flu epidemic that swept the nation. Vesta grew up in south Texas after Ruth married Charles Hardy. Vesta went to high school in Bay City, Texas, and graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor College in 1935 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Vesta's first job was teaching school in the one-room school at Bonita, near Piñon. From there she moved to Cloudcroft where she taught high school and met and married Edwin Deane Rucker in 1938. Vesta continued a long and productive teaching career at various schools in New Mexico, including Cimarron, Las Cruces, Tularosa and, finally, for many years in Alamogordo. She was an active member of the Baptist Church in all the communities she lived in throughout her life. Vesta was predeceased by Deane, whom she lost in 1973 after 35 years of marriage, and her brother Luther Ragsdale, who died in 1995.
Vesta is survived by her five daughters, Jackie Rucker, of Pueblo, Colo.; Margaret Cost, of Los Lunas; Doris Milne and her husband, Bill, of Loudon, Tenn.; Iladene Hollenberg, of Grafton, Wis.; and Lila Rucker, of Vermillion, S.D.; and her sister-in-law Mary Ragsdale, of Roswell. She has 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom were dearly loved. Vesta will be greatly missed as loving mother, grandmother, aunt, teacher and friend.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Alamogordo Funeral Home. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. in the chapel at James Canyon Cemetery with burial immediately thereafter.
Donations in Vesta's memory may be made to the Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice on Indian Wells Road.
Vesta's daughters thank all the family and friends who have been so kind and helpful throughout this long illness.
The Rucker family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 22 to July 22, 2010
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