Ruth Irene Tackitt, 92, of La Plata, N.M., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 in Farmington. She was born June 18, 1924, in Max, N.D. to David and Carrie Keller. Ruth was a high school graduate. She worked at San Juan Regional as a cook in the kitchen in the early 1960's. Ruth was a homemaker who spent a lot of time doing volunteer work. She volunteered many years at the Ladies Auxiliary for San Juan Regional Hospital. Ruth opened up a weekly invitation to cook in her own home for the Priests and Sisters of the Sacred Heart Parish. She worked to recruit donations for the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department in the late 1960's to early 1970's and was also an Elks ""Doe"" of Farmington for many years. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Guy Tackitt; parents, David and Carrie Keller; brothers, Albert, Fred and Pete; and sisters, Martha, Rose, Lanora, Ada, Marie and Alvina. She is survived by her sons, Rene' Halphen and Tim Halphen; daughter, Patsy Goncz; grandchildren, Allen (Michelle) Pistole, Holly (Jason) Shelton, Wade (Jennifer) Halphen, Natalie Halphen, Karie (Randal) Dugan and Stephanie Halphen; and 12 great-granchildren. A viewing for Ruth will be from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. today, Feb. 19 at the Cope Memorial Chapel of Farmington, 404 W. Arrington St. A rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 414 N. Allen Ave. in Farmington followed by Mass at 10 a.m. with celebrant Father Tim Farrell. Interment will follow Mass at the Memory Gardens Cemetery, 6917 E. Main St. in Farmington. A reception will follow the mass at 11:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Pallbearers are Wade Halphen, Allen Pistole, Justin Shelton, Randal Dugan, Jason Shelton and Trevor Begay. In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic School, 404 Allen Avenue North, Farmington, N.M. 87401.
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