Ruth Abigail Robles

 

Ruth Abigail Robles was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico on
Dec 8, 1923 to the late Juan Robles & Regina Rios Robles. She was the
youngest of 11 children and the last
survivor of her siblings. Her father was the first native Protestant
minister in
Puerto Rico and also worked for the US government as a revenuer during
Prohibition.
Her mother was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Lloyd Eston
Slonecker. Ruth grew up in Fajardo, where her grandparents had a sugarcane
plantation. She went to nursing school in Santurce, PR at age 17 and met
her future husband while she was
there. He was a sailor in the US Navy on the USS Yorktown and was
stationed in San
Juan. She was a member of the volunteer Nurse Cadet Corps during World War
II. She
married Lloyd Eston Slonecker June 1, 1945 in Marysville, KS at his
parents’ home. She worked as a nurse, homemaker and took care of the
family while Lloyd was away on
deployments. She was a registered nurse for 44 years, serving many of them
at St.
Vincent’s Medical Center. In 1969, they moved to Jacksonville, FL where
she lived
until Lloyd’s death on June 17, 2011. Lloyd and Ruth had four children,
Ronald
Slonecker (Shirley), Mike Slonecker (Patty), Lois Casey (Dennis), and Ina
Bohannon
(the late Lynn Bohannon). The family started in Puerto Rico, then moved to
the US
and lived in Virginia, Florida, and Maine, wherever Lloyd was stationed.
Ruth is
survived by 8 grandchildren, Stephanie Casey, Ginny Burns (Ray), Brian
Casey (Suzy),
Katie McCay (Brent), Brendan Casey, Kelly Slonecker, Rachel Bohannon, and
Michael
Slonecker. She also is survived by 5 great-grandchildren, Blaine & Thane
Burns,
Dylan & Logan Casey, and Alyssa McCay. Ruth was a very positive, energetic
and social lady. She loved church, loved to talk, and loved shopping for
bargains (while Lloyd held her purse). She made beautiful crocheted items
and lacework, and also made yummy granola for her
grandkids. After Lloyd’s passing, Ruth moved to Viola, TN to live with her
daughter
Lois and her family, where she spent her days with loved ones and taking
fun outings, such as hiking with her grandson Brian and his family. Ruth
loved the
babies and she would always smile and laugh when she would see them and
try to get
them to come to her. Visitation will be at the Cedar Bay Funeral Home, 405
New Berlin Road,  Tuesday, September 2nd from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Graveside services will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. at the
Jacksonville National Cemetery, 714-1110.

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