ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) – Ruth Ramos, age 87, died peacefully on April 13.
Born in 1933 to Eduardo and Urbana (Juarez) Melendez, Ramos graduated from Roswell High School. She then attended Howard Payne University, Brownwood, Texas. Her family helped plant a Spanish-speaking church in their home in Roswell. The church later became Iglesia Bautista El Calvario. She was married for 54 years.
Ramos became a member of Primera Iglesia Bautista, Albuquerque, which later became First Spanish Baptist Church. The church changed its name to First Bilingual Baptist Church several years ago. Through the years, Ramos served as a church pianist and choir member. She represented Cuban refugee missions and served in WMU.
Ramos retired from a career with the Federal government in 1990. She worked for 33 years as a civil service employee at Walker, Ellsworth and Kirtland Air Force Bases.
Preceding Ramos in death was her husband, Julio; her parents, Eduardo and Urbana Melendez; brothers, Ismael, Lionel, Moises, Job, Fil, and his wife, Ena; parents-in-law Cirilo and Lina Ramos; brothers-in-law, Fernando and Juan; and sisters-in-law, Emelina, Isabel and Teresa.
Surviving Ramos are five children: Lina, Yolanda (Raymond), Carlos (Lori), Sonia (David) and Teresa; stepson, Julio; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her sister, Grace Jaramillo; brothers, Eddie (Connie) Melendez and Manuel Melendez.
Pastor Bernie Moraga officiated her memorial service, May 15, at First Bilingual Baptist Church, Albuquerque.