Ruby Gillham, age 52, of Little Rock died June 1, 2005. She was a Daughter of
The American Revolution and a proud Tribal Member with The Confederated Salish
and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, Montana. Of the approximate
2,800 tribal members living off Reservation, Ruby was a true Ambassador
representing her Native American culture, maintaining the values and
independence of the Salish and Koontnai people of her Flathead Nation.
Ruby was preceded in death by her daughter, Dianna Gillham DeBoard, her
parents, Estevan (Steve) and Louise Plouffe Rodriquez, her brothers, Steve
Rodriguez Jr. and Arthur Rodriguez. She is survived by her husband, Gregory
Gillham, her daughter, daughter-in-law and son-in-laws, Tina and Joseph Haven of
Rocky Face, GA and Eric and Stacy Deboard of Blythville, AR, her sister, Roberta
Rodriguez of Hot Springs, MT, sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Sammy
Valles of Atascosa, TX and her sister Sandra Aldana of Little Rock, AR. Her
brothers, Gilbert of Orlando, FL, Larry of Frenchtown, MT, Charles; and her
grandchildren, Esteban Flanagan, Joseph Haven Jr., and Charles Haven of Rocky
Face, GA and Jayda, Andrew, Zachary Deboard of Blythville, AR.
A wake is scheduled at 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Salish Long House, St.
Ignatious, MT, Rosary Service Tuesday Evening at 8:00 p.m. and wake closing at
11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Salish Long House, St. Ignatious, MT. Funeral
Services will be held in the Chapel of Ruebel Funeral Home, 6313 West Markham,
Little Rock on Friday, June 10, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Allen Morton
officiating. Burial will follow at Lowe Cemetery in Royal, Arkansas.
Near Hot Springs, Arkansas this magnificent site was the gathering place of
many nations. Tribal leaders and spiritual elders made pilgrimages to the Great
Sacred Manataka Mountain, the Valley of Vapor, and a place of peace to sit in
great councils with many tribes. Ruby will be with the "Keepers of Manataka',
the Tula Caddo, Quapaw, Osage, Tunica, and Pawnee and Ouachita.
Pallbearers: Mr. Joseph Haven, Mr. Eric Deboard, Mr. Sammy Valles, Mr. Steve
Rodriguez III, Mr. Anthony Rodriguez, and Mr. Michael Rodriguez.
- Greg and Family- I just wanted to send a quick note to tell you all that
you are in my thoughts and prayers. I will not beable to make it to the
funeral as I will be out of town but I will be thinking of you all and
praying for you. I feel very blessed to have been able to work with Ruby the
few months that I did. Her smile always made my day, even on those days when
we didn't want to be at work. She had one of the best spirits I've ever
witnessed. She will be missed around here greatly.
Lots of Love-
Little Rock, Arkansas
- Michael Assiniboine & Family
St. Ignatius, Montana
- I want to give out my deepest sympathy to Gillham and the rest of the
family. I am sorry to hear about your loss. But we all know that Ruby is in
a better place and just remember she'll be with you where ever you go. Hang
in there things will eventually get better. Let love and prayer be with you.
- To the Gillham family, I send my deepest sympathy to you for the loss of
Ruby. She was one of the most beautiful people that I know, but her
personality was just as beautiful. I count it a blessing to have worked with
her. She taught me a lot about life. She was very positive, loving and most
of all for humble. She will dearly be missed. My prayers go out to you, and
my god bless your family abundantly with strength. God takes only the best,
and his hands are the best hands that we can be in.
North Little Rock, Arkansas
- Greg & family, sorry I didn't get to make it to my aunt's funeral. I
just pray that the Lord will comfort your hearts in every way he can as each
day goes by. I didn't know her but got to meet her during my dad's funeral
she was a nice lady. May the Lord Bless you and your family each second of
the day, the nephew of Ruby's.
- Greg and family, I'm sending my condolences to you all. I'm sorry for the
loss of your wife and mother. I didn't know Ruby personally but Steve Jr.
talk of her very much and highly with respect. I know the loss of a spouse
is very hard. I'm still having a hard time dealing with the loss of my
husband. But my prayers are with you all and I pray every day that you'll
all find comfort within your hearts as the days go by my the Lord Bless each
and every one of you.
Roberta Many Hides Rodriguez
- Greg and family, we are sorry that we didn't get to make it to the
services for my aunt Ruby. I got to meet her when she came for my dad's
Steve's funeral and she was a wonderful lady. It is hard to believe that she
is gone. I myself am still having a hard time dealing with the death of my
father being killed. I know that my aunt dearly loved her brother. She made
a special trip to be with us. I'll hold a special place in my heart for her.
My prayers and blessing will always be with you all.
Steven Rodriguez III