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CONNALLY, Rudelle Rubarth
CONNALLY, Rudelle Rubarth Age 88, died on February 27, 2016 in Lancaster, Calif., from natural causes. She was a devout Catholic, loving and devoted wife and mother of seven children. A very intelligent woman, she was a member of MENSA International. She was an artist, English minor, technical illustrator, designer and configuration management manager.She worked for many companies including Washer Bros., General Dynamics , NASA, Flight Systems and Northrop Grumman. Mrs. Connally is survived by six children: Mike Connally, Katy Walton, Patrick Connally, Mary Mondok, Susan Choate, and Tim Connally, along with her brother David Lee Rubarth. She has 17 grandchildren along with 16 great-grandchildren with four more on the way. She was predeceased by her husband Charles Connally and her daughter Terri Connally. Rudelle was born to Alma Lou and Lee Rubarth in Fort Worth, Texas on January 28, 1928. She grew up in Fort Worth with her parents and her aunts Florence and Lillian and grandmother Florence 'Bubba' Vivion Netherton. She was raised by four strong, witty ladies who molded her into a nurturing, willful, unbendable source of energy for all those who merely accepted her love and support. She met her husband to be 72 years ago just before he entered the Navy during World War II. She married him in November 1945. She and Charles with the entire family moved to Lancaster in the Spring of 1965. She mainly worked in the aerospace industry on projects including the B-58 bomber, NASA lifting bodies, Canadair Challenger, F-5 Tigershark and B-2 Bomber. She retired from Northrop Grumman as the Palmdale facility Configuration Management Manager in 1991. She was a talented sketch artist and loved to travel. She received her Bachelors of Management in 1973 and Masters of Management from Golden Gate University in 1975 with a 4.0. She gave back by teaching at the same institution. Ever active, she was a long standing member and once president of the American Association of University Women. All those who knew her gained from her caring, mentoring, strength, and support. We cannot help but to feel her loss and we long to be with her again at our new home-coming in the Kingdom of God. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am, March 4, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lancaster with reception to follow. She will be buried in Glen Rose, Texas, along side her husband and daughter, near their former home in Glen Rose where they spent their golden years. Donations may be made in her honor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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