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Ruth Belshe
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1928
Chamal Viejo
Ocampo Municipality
Tamaulipas, Mexico
Death: Sep. 15, 2009
Hidalgo County
Texas, USA

Born [Mar. 6,] 1928 - Died on Sept 14, 2009*
McALLEN - Born to Childress Belshe and Virginia Ramos Belshe.
Ms. Belshe was born in Chamal, Aguas Calientes Mexico. She had one beloved son, Harvie Belshe, who went to be with Jesus on Sept 14, 2000. She is reunited with him in the presence of our Lord today. Ruth passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Comfort House of McAllen.
Ms. Belshe was a generous person, an excellent seamstress and kept several Dachshunds to longevity. She worked at Dickies of McAllen for 19 years. She was a nursery worker at Maranatha Baptist Church of McAllen for 10 years and was lovingly referred to by many as Mom and Grandma. She was an excellent cook, best known for her tamales and cakes.
Ms. Belshe is survived by her devoted daughter-in-law Julie Belshe, grandchildren, Caleb, Ester (Anderson) and husband Daniel, and David and wife Nicole. Ms. Belshe additionally is survived by her sister Nell (Gorham) and husband Ben, and brother Ramon Lucio and wife Humberta and extended family.
Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. today, Sept. 17, 2009 at Memorial Funeral Home, 208 E. Canton in Edinburg, followed by a graveside service at 11:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Edinburg.
Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg.
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* The death date in the obituary, Sep. 14, 2009, disagrees with the Social Security Death Index date which was Sep. 15, 2009. The latter date is based on the official date of death from her death certificate. And Ruth did die at 12:10am early on the morning of the 15th of Sept. 2009.

I don't know who wrote the above obit, but Aunt Ruth was NOT born in "Chamal, Aguas Calientes". There is NO such place. Chamal, yes, Aguascalientes, yes, but not "Chamal, Aguas Calientes". Ruth was born in the village known by the locals as Chamal Nuevo which is in the Municipio** Ocampo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. She lived for a while in Aguascalientes. In fact, her and Hilario's son, Harvie, was born there.

** a 'municipio' is a level of government similar to a county in the U.S.

There was a second marriage to William (Bill) Baker while living in Fort Worth in the mid-50s. The marriage was very short lived, probably lasting less than a year, and likely then it was annulled. As I understand it, 'annulled' in this context means 'erased from the record', which probably explains why I've found no record of her 2nd marriage in genealogy search sites. I only have my memory of 'Uncle Bill' as we called him while he was in the family.

Ruth Belshe was the 1st child and 1st daughter of Childress Webster Belshe and Virginia Ramos' 'unión libre' (i.e. common law marriage).

Lee Veal 
Family links: 
  Childress Webster Belshe (1897 - 1980)
  Virginia Ramos Aros de Belshe (1906 - 1971)
  Harvie Belshe (1947 - 2000)*
  Ruth Belshe (1928 - 2009)
  Norman Sam Belshe (1931 - 1939)*
  Wade Belshe (1933 - 1993)*
  Nolen Belshe (1935 - 1971)*
*Calculated relationship
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In loving memory of
Ruth Belshe
Born: Mar. 6, 1928 ¤ Died: Sep. 15, 2009
Daughter of
Childress Webster Belshe & Virginia Ramos Aros
Devoted mother of
Harvie Belshe
Sister of
Ramón Lucio Ramos
Nellie, Norman Sam, Wade & Nolen

Note: Aunt Ruth's grave site is now marked with a modest headstone which documents her birth date, death date and other genealogically relevant information.
Hillcrest Memorial Park
Hidalgo County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section C, Block 23, Lot 62, Space 3
Created by: Lee Veal
Record added: Nov 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80172021
Ruth Belshe
Added by: Lee Veal
Ruth Belshe
Added by: Lee Veal
Ruth Belshe
Added by: Lee Veal
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