Ruth Evelyn Duran, age 91, entered into rest on March 21, 2019, at her daughter’s home in Rockwall, Texas. She was born in Exeter, Virginia to Tom and Sarah Clark, the fourthof 14 children. The family moved from Virginia to Oregon and later to Washington. When Ruth was 18 years old, she visited her sister in Stockton, California. There she met a sweet and handsome man named Alfonso S. Duran. They were married six weeks later and lived for 46 years in Manteca, California. They had two children, Toni Jo (Duran) Dona of Rockwall, Texas and Curtis Ray Duran of Grass Valley, California. Ruth enjoyed camping with Alfonso and her family, reading a good book and solving all the crossword puzzles she could get her hands on. Ruth worked at Central Valley Bank in Manteca and later retired from Moore Business Forms in Stockton, California.
Her grandchildren, Erika (Dona) Phelan and husband Ryan of Rockwall, Texas and William Duran of Citrus Heights, California were her pride and joy. She loved her great grandchildren, Grant and Breona Duran of Citrus Heights, California with all her heart. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will miss her kindness, gentle spirit and the sparkle in her eyes when she smiled and laughed.
Ruth leaves behind her sisters: Maggie and Joyce in Washington, JoAnn in Oregon and Carol in California. She also leaves behind her brothers: Ed, Jim and John of Oregon and Ted of Washington. Her brothers: Bill, Tom and Jackie; and sisters: Eva and Virginia preceded her in death. The family would like to extend their gratitude for the loving care provided by Vitas Hospice, which allowed Ruth to pass away at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ruth’s name to your local hospice.
A memorial ceremony with Ruth and Alfonso’s family and friends will take place on their wedding anniversary and their ashes will be spread in California where they loved to camp.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, March 30, 2019