Ella Ruth Brice, 82, of Spring, formerly of Uvalde, died on Nov. 2, 2014, at Park Manor Nursing Home in The Woodlands. She was born on April 22, 1932, in Cuero to Lily Ann Mitchell Scott and James William Scott. She married Harold Brice in Leakey on Dec. 3, 1949. She is survived by two sons, H.R. Brice and wife, Sharon, of Spring and Lennis Brice of Uvalde; three grandchildren, Michelle McCaughan, Daniel McCaughan and Chris Brice, all of Uvalde; two greatgrandchildren, Bailey Gober and Alexandria Quillin, both of Uvalde; and two brothers, Joe Scott and wife, Maxine, and Ray Scott and wife, Kay, all of Uvalde. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1998; parents; one sister, Barbara Champagne; three brothers, Mitchell Scott, Freddy Scott and Frank Scott; and one grandson, Shane Brice. Graveside services were held yesterday at 1 p.m. in Hillcrest Cemetery with the Rev. Lonnie Moore officiating.
Cynthia Samarron Alvarado, 57, of Uvalde died on Oct. 25, 2014, in Uvalde. Funeral Mass will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. She was born on Dec. 3, 1956, in Uvalde to Isabel Samarron Alvarado and Eduardo Alvarado. She is survived by one daughter, Monica Gonzalez of Laredo; two sons, Joel Alvarado of Uvalde and Juan Salazar of Laredo; two brothers, Eddie Alvarado of Hondo and Rey Alvarado of Uvalde; seven grandchildren, Daniel Gonzalez Jr., Kayla J. Gonzalez, Albert M. Gonzalez, Shelby C. Alvarado, Zoila Divina Alvarado, Andrea Amparo Salazar and Itzel G. Salazar; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Olga Rodriguez and Eldemira Gomez. A cremation is under the direction of Rushing-Estes- Knowles Mortuary.
Barry Harris Ballard died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Barry was born in Tempe, Arizona on Nov. 29, 1949, the second son of William (Bill) and Eleanor Harris Ballard. The Ballard and Harris families were long time Missouri residents. Eleanor and Bill married the day after Pearl Harbor and moved to California where Bill shipped out for military service overseas. After the war, Bill was completing his college education in Arizona when Barry was born. Three years later the family moved to Uvalde Texas where Barry’s father established successful businesses and the family put down Texas roots. Uvalde was always to be a great influence in Barry’s life. Although from an early age he longed for big city living, that small town, the First Methodist Church, Uvalde High School and his friends there would remain some of his fondest memories. He received a degree in business from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth in 1972 and achieved the rank of Captain through his ROTC involvement.
Guadalupe M. Ruiz, 56, of Uvalde died on Oct. 29, 2014, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born on Dec. 12, 1957, in Uvalde to Consuelo Mirelez Ruiz and Guasimodo Ruiz. He married Maria Del Rosario Rodriguez on May 12, 1979, in Uvalde. He is survived by his wife of 35 years; two daughters, Amanda Ruiz of San Antonio and Melissa Salazar and husband, Frank, of Uvalde; five brothers, Roberto Ruiz and wife, Frances, of San Jose, California, Guasimodo Ruiz Jr. and wife, Judy, of Sonora, California, Jose E. Ruiz and companion, Lupe, of Pflugerville, Mario Ruiz and wife, Mary Lou, of Uvalde and Andres Ruiz and wife, Virginia, of Austin; two grandchildren, Frank Salazar III and Leah Salazar; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and four sisters, Juanita Hernandez, Natalia Rodriguez, Maria Elena Moreno and Rosa Lee Enriquez. A rosary was recited on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel.
Jose Ybarra “Joe” Rodriguez, 50, of Odessa died on Oct. 29, 2014, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He was born on July 11, 1964, in Ozona to Cruz Ybarra Rodriguez and Albert Flores Rodriguez. Rodriguez, the eldest of eight children, worked in oilfield- area well servicing. He was Catholic. His dad was a derrick man and he grew up helping his dad. According to the family, Rodriguez was a hard worker who always looked after his younger brothers and sisters. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed boating, skiing, and horseback riding. A trapper, he would set his traps late at night and go out to check them early in the morning – then hurry to shower and head to school. The family said he had a heart of gold and loved his children. He was also an animal lover and raised pit bulls. He is survived by two sons, Joseph Rodriguez Jr.
Armando L. Ramos, 52, of Dallas, formerly of Uvalde, died on Oct. 26, 2014, at Parkland Health & Hospital Systems in Dallas. A rosary was read Tuesday and yesterday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes- Knowles Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. He was born on March 3, 1962, in Uvalde to Paula (Lopez) Ramos and Nicasio Ramos. He is survived by his special friend, Henry Leimann of Dallas; one daughter, Paula Zamora of Uvalde; one sister, Elmira Valdez of Uvalde; brothers, Nicasio Ramos Jr. of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, Ernest Ramos, Felipe Ramos, Rolando Ramos and Patricio Ramos, all of Uvalde; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Pallbearers will be Felipe Ramos, Ernesto Ramos, Patricio Ramos, Rolando Ramos Jr., Adrian Bravo and Nathan Riojas.