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Ruth E. Buck, 83, Prince Frederick

Ruth E. Buck, 83, of Prince Frederick died Jan. 27, 2013, at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick.

Born Feb. 5, 1929, in Dameron, she was the daughter of the late Harry Wood and the late Catherine McKay Wood. She was one of 11 children.

She attended St. Michael’s Catholic School in Ridge and graduated in 1947. After graduation she left St. Mary’s County to reside in Calvert County, and married her husband of 55 years, Parran “Tick” Buck, who preceded her in death.

She retired in 1992 after working as a bookkeeper for the former Gott Oil Company and Shorter’s Restaurant and as a receptionist for Calvert Hair Fashions. She was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys but most enjoyed NASCAR, especially driver Jeff Gordon. She had been a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church since it was a mission church. She worked with the bereavement committee at the church and participated in adoration hour until health issues prevented her from attending. She was also a judge for the Board of Elections of Calvert County, a member of the auxiliary for Calvert Memorial Hospital for approximately 25 years and also enjoyed helping with the SMECO annual meetings.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Evelyn Norris, Lucille Hooper, Catherine Wood and Marguerite Wood; and brothers, Harvey Wood, John Wood and Dick Wood.

She is survived by sisters, Margaret Greenwell of Hollywood and Marion Gatton of Lexington Park; brother, Charles Wood of Dameron; children, Linda Higgs and her husband Jimmy of Benedict, Darol Buck and his wife Marianne of La Plata and Lisa Gallegos of Prince Frederick; grandsons, Chris and his wife Charity Higgs of Benedict, Dave Buck of Columbia, Mo., and Kyle and Kory Gallegos of Port Republic; and great-grandchildren, Claire Higgs and Draven, Xander and Phoenix Buck.

Visitation will be held from 3-6 p.m. Feb. 4 at Rausch Funeral Home, Port Republic. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Feb. 5 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Prince Frederick. The Rev. Peter Daly officiate. Burial will take place at Central Cemetery, Barstow. A reception will follow at the Family Life Center of St. John Vianney.

Pallbearers will be Chaz Osborne, Mike Morgan, John Gatton, Wayne Wood, Donnie Conner and Bucky Rawlings. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Higgs, Chris Higgs, David Buck, Kyle and Kory Gallegos.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Arrangements are being provided by Rausch Funeral Home.