Rita (Rutledge) Stone

Rita (Rutledge) Stone walked into Heaven on Dec. 26, 2013. There she will join her husband Glenn, to whom she was happily married for 53 years. Rita was born Feb. 1, 1936 to Harper and Elsie Rutledge in Cortez, Colo. and raised in Oakland, Calif.

Rita met Glenn in 1956 and they were married in Aztec, N.M. They were blessed with five daughters.

After living in several places they settled in Gallup, N.M., raised their family and ran a business for 37 years. During this time she learned to play golf, a sport that she dearly loved.

On an October evening in 1984 Rita and Glenn were involved in an auto accident that left Rita paralyzed. Due to health reasons they moved to Las Cruces, N.M. in 2004.

Rita is survived by her daughters: Diana (Chuck) Forney of Flower Mound, TX, Julie (Dennis) Woods of Las Cruces, N.M., Lori Bowers of Las Cruces, N.M., Lisa (Ron) Gordon of Albuquerque, N.M., and Melanie (Dennis) Skersick of Gallup, N.M., 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, sister Loy Ann (Wayne) Kenyon of Cortez, Colo. and several nieces and nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents Harper and Elsie Rutledge and her husband Glenn. Funeral services and interment will take place on Jan. 3, 2014 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Las Cruces, N.M. at 11 a.m.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to: Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 East Montana Las Cruces, N.M. 88005