The ALS Association

Ice Bucket Challenge Progress

Ruthanne Deanda

Branch: Air Force
Served: 1962 - 1965
Hometown: AZ
Written by: Elizabeth Hudspeth , daughter
My mother joined the Air Force in 1962 and was honorably discharged in 1965 when she married my father, a jet fighter aircraft mechanic. For over 20 years, she was a devoted military wife, mother, and patriot. She followed her husband to England and Germany and moved the family all over the United States until my dad's retirement as a CMSgt in Phoenix, Arizona. In late 2003, she was diagnosed with Progressive Bulbar Palsy. After a brave struggle for almost 5 years, she went to heaven while her family sat by her side.

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