Ruby Gillham

Obituary Notice

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.

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  • 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- 
    Sarah Lair
    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.
    Ronan, Montana



  • 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.
    Shalonda Bryant
    Universal Banker
    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.
    Naython Rodriguez
    Browning, Montana


  • 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
    Browning, Montana


  • 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
    Browning, Montana