Ruth Malech died Dec. 4, 2004. She was 94.
Mrs. Malech was born on March 31, 1910, on a Coyote Valley ranch established by her grandfather. Except for a few years early in her marriage, she spent most of her life there.
She met Earl Malech of Almaden at a dance in 1929. They were married that September, and soon started a family. Always active in Coyote events, she served as president of Encinal PTA, and was active in the Coyote Grange. During the '40s and '50s, she wrote and produced plays for these organizations. In the '60s she wrote a news column for the Morgan Hill Times called "Coyote Howls," about Coyote happenings. She pursued many interests and hobbies during her lifetime, but her writing talent lasted until she was hospitalized weeks ago. She was especially fond of corresponding with all of her great-grandchildren and enjoyed writing stories and poems for family and friends.
In her last few years, she compiled a family history and presented a bound copy to her children.
She is survived by her sons, Burt (Dena) of Gilroy, Paul (Mary) of Morgan Hill, Keith (Serena) of Almaden Valley, and Ray (Nancy) of Coyote; daughter, Lucille (Matthew) Melot of Coyote; grandchildren, Katherine (Rick) Genasci, Patti (Bryan) Hayes, Kenneth (Carleen) Malech, Fred Malech, Robert Malech, Steve (Donna) Malech, Scott (Amy) Malech, Tom (Julie) Malech, Roger (Cera) Malech, Brett (Kristi) Malech, LoriAnn (Dan) Bach, Sande (Randy) Singley, Maverick (Lisa) Malech and Marshall Malech; 30 great-grandchildren; and several nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, in 1993; son Alfred in 2003; and grandson Randy Malech in 1977.
Services have been held.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to a favorite church or charity.