Ruby Galeta, 88, known at Ethel, passed away on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. She was born on July 11, 1924. She was surrounded by family, nurses, and friends in serene surrounding at Eagle Cove when she died.
Her parents, Teddy and Frances Kincade, were from San Francisco, Ca. Ethel attended school in Highland Park. She married Joseph “Dusty Hailicka” in 1946. They had two children, Ron Hailicka of Butte Falls and Karen (Todd) Fuller of Corinth, MS.
They moved to Oregon for 13 years in Douglas County, later they moved to Los Angeles where Ethel worked as a contract officer for the U.S. Government in Pasadena for 20 years. In 1987, after she retired, Ethel moved back to Oregon to be closer to her son and have time to pursue her many hobbies and interests. She was a “rock hound” and a highly skilled gem carver. She developed a passion for landscape painting and exquisite handmade pine needle baskets. She was generous to gift a piece of her work to each of her family members before a fire destroyed her home and all of her remaining artwork.
Ethel was resourceful and self-reliant. She lived a full life and was active in the Butte Falls Lioness where she was blessed with many good friends. She is survived by her two children, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild (1 soon to be).
The Hailicka family would like to thank Providence Hospice, the staff at Eagle Cove, and family and friends for their love and concern.