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Ruth Frances Luctman

Ruth Frances Luctman

Our Aunt went home to join our other loved ones with our Lord Jesus Christ on December 2, 2007. She was 88. Aunt Ruth was born October 7, 1919 in Estes County, Kentucky to Margaret and James Ashcraft, the youngest of six children.

She moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1936, prior to it being what she called a gambling town. She remembered when the US Army Gunnery School, which is now known as Nellis Air Force Base, was built in Las Vegas. When the first hotel, called the El Rancho Vegas, opened on April 3, 1941 on a dusty street called Fremont; she went to work there as a Black Jack dealer. Three years later, she worked for Bugsy Siegel, when he, along with other of his aquaintances opened the Flamingo Casino. She often mentioned how sad she felt when what she remembered as "the real Las Vegas" disappeared.

On April 27, 1954, she married Winston R. Luctman, an accountant for the Stardust Casino. In June of 1965, he preceeded her in death. Also preceeding her in death were her beloved parents; her sisters, Eva, Anna, Mary, and Amanda; and her brother, Arnold; as well as 14 nieces and nephews.

In October of this year, she moved to the home of one of her nieces, Alma Ruth, in White City, to be closer to her family. There she was able to visit with over 50 of those relatives on Thanksgiving Day. Although she had no children of her own, 170 nieces and nephews from first to great-great-great-great survive her. She was loved and will be missed.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Providence Hospice in her memory. A celebration of her life will be held at Siskiyou Chapel, Friday, December 7, 2007 from 9:15 to 10:30. There will be an interment dedication following the service.