Ruby was born in Grand Junction, Colo., on May 11, 1944, to Margaret Benevidez (Pagosa Springs) and Marcello Duran (Allison). She was raised near the southern part of Archuleta County along the rivers between Trujillo and Juanita. She grew up with five brothers and three sisters.
Ruby worked hard for many years at the Pagosa Lodge. She took time off to help her daughter for a short time and then continued to work years at the Branding Iron BBQ, High Country Lodge and the last at the First Inn. She always took care of her family first no matter what. She was a hard, dedicated worker.
My mom and dad enjoyed driving to town and just spending time by the river, eating out for breakfast or taking drives to Dulce and Chama. They always loved going to the casino as my mom could spend hours there. A day never went by that I did not see or talk to my parents. I loved hearing all their stories and enjoyed all our laughs.
Ruby is preceded in death by her husband Joe Jaramillo, parents Margaret and Marcello, and brother Tony Hererra.
Ruby is survived by daughter Loretta (Nik) Paniagua, Maryann (Larry) Abetya, son Joseph (Cari) Jaramillo, nine grandkids and eight great-grandkids.
Services will be held for both my parents (Ruby and Joe) late spring or early summer to be laid to rest together.
In lieu of flowers, cards or donations may be sent to Loretta at P.O. Box 553, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.
Mom … You were the truest, dearest, more than a mother to me. I knew when we lost Dad, you felt alone after being together more than 62 years, and only God knows the inner strength you had.
You heard God’s whisper, calling you home; I know you struggled to leave me, I saw how you fought with your illness. You loved me so much that you held on tight, until all your strength was gone, and you could no longer hold on. Finally, you gave your hand to God.
To the world, you were one person, but to me you were the world! You didn’t have much, but we had everything we needed. I value that the most. You thought us how to work hard, to love, to learn by our mistakes and to cherish what we have. The only thing you didn’t teach me was to live without you both.
You touched my heart in so many ways, Mom, your strength and smile even on dark days made me realize I had an angel beside me.
Please give Dad and Koda a big hug and kiss for me. I will always love you guys, cherish you and our memories.
Until we meet again, you will be forever in my heart!