Delia Ruth Kucinski

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Delia Ruth Kucinski (Ruth Hassan Gray), 91, of Trout, peacefully passed from this life on Wednesday morning, October 9, 2013, at her home following an extended illness. Ruth, as she was affectionately known, was born September 17, 1922 at Aloha in Grant Parish to the union of her parents, George Hassan and Cordelia Hassan. Mrs. Gray received her BA from Northwestern State University in 1951, her MA from NSU in 1957, and later added her Masters degree plus three graduate hours. In 1971, she completed degrees in Social Studies and English. She taught school for 40 years in the LaSalle Parish School System, teaching in every grade, plus teaching special education, serving as a basketball coach and sponsor of the yearbook staff. She also taught home schooling. Ruth was a life member of the American Legion - Unit 2, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1736, DAV and AMVETS, and was past president for the Legion, VFW and AMVETS. She was a faithful Auxiliary member serving at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Pineville for many years. In fact, she received an award from Gov. Edwin Edwards in 1995 for her dedicated services as Auxiliary President of AMVETS, Department of Louisiana, in 1994-95. In February 1984, she was appointed as a member of the LaSalle Parish Library Board of Control where she served for the next 23½-years, resigning in August 2007 because of health reasons. Ruth’s body was donated to the LSU Medical School for science research, at her request. No memorial services are planned at this time. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jack Gray; three brothers, Dempsey Hassan, I. B. Hassan, and Hammon Hassan; and a sister, Maxine Hassan. Survivors include three daughters, Marianna Fontenot of Ruston, Pamela Williams of Trout, and Mechele Gray of Natchitoches; three grandchildren, Mark Williams, Robert Williams, and Paul Williams; several great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Ernestine Hassan; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. The family request memorials be made to a charity of your choice.
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