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

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

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 marry Parran “Tick” Buck, her husband of 55 years. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children, Linda Higgs and her husband, Jimmy, of Benedict, Darol Buck and his wife, Marianne, of La Plata and Lisa Gallegos of Prince Frederick; four grandsons, Chris and his wife, Charity Higgs, of Benedict, Dave Buck of Columbia, Mo., and Kyle and Kory Gallegos of Port Republic; and four great-grandchildren, Claire Higgs and Draven, Xander and Phoenix Buck.

She retired in 1992 after working many different jobs, including bookkeeper for the former Gott Oil Co. and Shorter’s Restaurant and a receptionist for Calvert Hair Fashions. She was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys but truly 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.

The family received friends Feb. 4 at Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 5 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Prince Frederick, with the Rev. Peter Daly officiating. Interment followed at Central Cemetery in Barstow. Pallbearers were Chaz Osborne, Mike Morgan, John Gatton, Wayne Wood, Donnie Conner and Bucky Rawlings. Honorary pallbearers were 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.