Breckenridge Texan

Ruth A. Raley

Ruth A. Raley
December 04
06:02 2020

Ruth A. Raley, 90, passed away at her residence in Breckenridge on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Her funeral service will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, in the Melton-Kitchens Chapel of Memories with Charles Kuhn officiating. Her interment will follow at the Lubbock City Cemetery in Lubbock, Texas, at 2:00 p.m.

Ruth Amanda Marchbanks was born on March 17, 1930, in Levelland, Texas, to parents Omie (Coleman) Marchbanks and James Henry Marchbanks. A Levelland native, Ruth attended and graduated from Levelland High School in 1947. She then attended Texas Tech University where she later met her soon-to-be husband, John Andrew Raley. They lived in Lubbock until his graduation from Texas Tech.

Ruth enjoyed traveling to Lake City, Colorado, for fishing trips. Ruth and John A. enjoyed many cruises and loved going to zoos. Over the last eight years, Ruth looked forward to taking “Girl Trips” to Abilene with her caregivers. She especially enjoyed getting to see her son Randy, her grandsons, and her great-granddaughters when she took a trip to Arlington. Along with her special love of travel and animals, she also had an affinity for going to movies, discovering new eating places, working on all kinds of puzzles, and getting to snack on some delicious chocolate… just as long as it wasn’t dark chocolate!

Ruth enjoyed her last years at home and received exceptional care by her caregivers, something her son Randy was incredibly pleased with. The family would like to thank the following people for the fantastic care provided to Ruth over the past several years: Brenda Casey, Susan Hare, Sissy Eaton, Connie Escalon, Patsy Madison, Wendy Muncie, Amy Garner, and Billie Harrison.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Omie and James; husband, John A.; and son, Andy Raley.

She is survived by her son, Randy Raley and wife Marcy; grandsons, Clifton Raley and wife Linzi, Jason Raley and wife Maegen, and Stephen Raley; great-granddaughters, Emma Raley, Chloe Raley, and Jewel Raley; great-grandson Dallas Raley; along with one niece, Holly Koch.

Memorial donations in Ruth’s name can be made to the First Christian Church of Breckenridge or the Abilene Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and can be left at the funeral home office. Condolences can be made online at

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