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Ruth “Cookie” Barela Galvan

January 27, 1937 ~ April 29, 2022

At the time of her death, she was surrounded by her daughter Margo A. Galvan and son Gary D. Galvan. She is preceded in death by her husband Isidro A. Galvan, son Isidro Galvan Jr., best friend Lily Pablos, along with other loving family members.

She is survived by her brothers and sister, David S. Barela (Susanna, (



), Richard “Macco” Leon (Theresa) and Cecelia Leon, daughter Margo A. Galvan (Eddie) and son Gary D. Galvan, grandchildren, Carlos Guzman (Isabelle), Pablo Guzman (Stevie), Sydney Chavez, Monica Chavez, Marisa Chavez (Robert) and Eddie Chavez III (Bri), great grandchildren Joseph Guzman, Jonathan Guzman, Nellie Corrales, Matthew Diaz, Robert Boling, Brayden Cahill, Madison Chavez, and Levi Chavez, and numerous other loving family members and friends.

Ruth worked for the Phoenix Union High School District in the cafeteria and childcare department, but mostly was very proud of raising her children and grandchildren, who all brought a smile to her face. She was very wise and knowledgeable and was always willing to share her humor with others. She never met a Cookie, she didn’t like. It’s never easy losing a loved one, especially a parent, who has given so much of herself to us and others. She will be deeply missed and loved but will always remain in our hearts. She is now in Heaven with all her loved ones who have preceded her, and whom she has been missing very much, and has now earned her wings as our “Special Angel”. We will love and miss you always.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00PM with a Rosary at 6:30PM on Monday, May 9, 2022 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ 85018. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00AM on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, 3424 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015. Interment to follow at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008.

Reception for family and friends will follow services at the American Legion Post 41, 715 S. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

The family would like to express their thanks for all the prayers and thoughts, that were given to them in this difficult time.


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