Sophia Lucille Irvin Rustad, 69, of Farmington, passed away Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. She was born May 12, 1944, in the hospital in Alamosa, Colo., the daughter of Virgil Edward Irvin and Sophia Weston Irvin. Sophia was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Margaret Carolyn Hepler and Catherine Louise McElroy; and brothers, David Virgil Irvin and infant Edward Paul Irvin.
She leaves behind her husband, Kenneth G. Rustad, and their son, Rurik B. Rustad; sisters Mary Judith Brewer, Susan Annette Andrews, Martha Rae Kannard and Rebecca Kaye Smith; brothers, Dennis Weston and Andrew James; her large bouquet of nieces; and a troop of wooden soldier nephews, all of which were treasures to her always.
Because she was such a dedicated family research historian, those who loved her were care-filled with this preceding information. Bear with us, she was a fiery red-head. Sophia loved a good book, a special pair of shoes and the right tint to her red hair. In her youth, she shopped at Fleur De Lis. She loved her garden, the challenge of African violets and a McDonald’s egg McMuffin. She loved a stimulating conversation but had no patience for ignorance and was short of tolerance for close-mindedness or bigotry. Sophia wasn’t perfect, but always gave others the right to be so without expectation. She was politically aware and loved to share her opinions with her husband and son. She loved the Savior and her church congregation, who were her second family. Her passing came through a mighty struggle. The prayers and concern of all of you who loved and respected her (and us) are a beautiful testimony to the marvel of human compassion; until that moment when her magnificent heart in that small stature of body stopped beating.
We who loved her will not stumble and weep for long; but rather pick up the baton she passed and carry it with us to our finish line. “Adios,” “Hágoónee’,” “Good-bye” for now.
Cremation will take place and memorial services for Sophia will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, Farmington 8th Ward Chapel, 4400 N. College Blvd., in Farmington, with Bishop George Payne conducting.
Died: 2/13/2014 in Farmington, NM
Born: 12/11/1916 in Clayton, NM to Albert Abraham Kouri and Fanny Azar Kouri
Selma Marie Buckingham peacefully passed away at her family home on Thursday morning, February 13 surrounded by her children Mary Ann Keesee of Cortez, Stuart Buckingham of Farmington and her wonderful caretaker Edda Yazzie. Selma was born in Clayton, New Mexico in 1916. Her parents were Lebanese and her father came from Lebanon to the US from an area near the Bekaa Valley. She was very proud of her Lebanese heritage and was a master cook of the cuisine of the Middle East. She was one of eight children and her parents operated a general merchandise store in Clayton through the Great Depression. She learned to walk at seven months and her father nicknamed her “Cyclone”. She graduated from Clayton High School and attended Eastern New Mexico University where she was voted “Most Beautiful” in 1937. She married Jerome Buckingham in 1939 and lived in many locations across Texas and Louisiana while Jerome was employed as a surveyor for Royal Dutch Shell. Selma moved to Farmington in 1953 with her husband “Buck” and daughters Lynn and Mary Ann and son Stuart. They purchased their home on Laguna when it was still a dirt street and Ricketts Park was an apple orchard. They joined First United Methodist Church and Selma served her church faithfully in many capacities for nearly 60 years. It is believed that she was the oldest living member of the church when she passed away. Selma was active in PEO, Eastern Star, United Methodist Women and worked many years at San Juan Regional Hospital as a volunteer with the hospital auxiliary. She actively supported her children in their academic and athletic activities and spent countless hours working as a volunteer at Ricketts Park and for the Republican Party of San Juan County. Selma`s life was dedicated to her family, church and community. She adored her children and was the consummate homemaker and mother. She imparted the values of faith, family and patriotism to her children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren who all loved and admired her very much. Her grandson Joel described her as “the greatest woman I will ever know.” Selma read two newspapers every day and worked the crossword puzzles in both. She was extremely well read and traveled the world with Buck and her children and visited Egypt, the Holy Land, her ancestral hometown in Lebanon, many destinations in Europe and sailed through the Panama Canal. She loved life, her children and family, her home and the Dallas Cowboys. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1998 and daughter Lynn Villella Holaday in 2010. She is survived by daughter Mary Ann Keesee (Joe), son Stuart Buckingham (Carolyn) and sister Rose Ann Geha of Toledo, Ohio. Services for Selma will be at First United Methodist Church in Farmington, 808 N. Monterey Ave. at 11am on Saturday, February 22th with Reverend Dave Blackwell officiating. She will be buried next to Jerome at Greenlawn Cemetery. Pall bearers will include all eleven of her grandchildren, two honorary grandchildren, Angela Keesee Loewen and Doak Belt and her lifelong neighbor and dear friend Jimmy Durrett. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Northwest New Mexico Hospice. Arrangement are with Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 East Ute St., (505) 325-8688.