Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Hillcrest Mausoleum & Memorial Park
7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX
July 23, 1922 – June 5, 2019
Marge Ruland passed away peacefully in her Dallas home on June 5, 2019. She was 96 years old. Born to Robert and Martha Thompson on July 23, 1922 in Greeley, CO, Marge was a lifetime member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Greeley where she was well known for her deep faith which wrapped around all who knew her like a warm embrace. In 1997 she moved to Dallas, TX to reside with her daughter Pam Ruland.
Marge is survived by: daughter Pam Ruland; son Robert (Carol) Ruland; grandsons Michael (Heather) Lang, Robert (Jennifer) Lang, James (Jennifer Davis) Lang, Joel Ruland; granddaughter Julie Ruland; great-granddaughters Ashley, Shannon, Peyton and Courtney Lang; niece and God-daughter Tami Berens; nephews Rua Petty and Jeffery Redmann. She is predeceased by her parents; her husband P. L. “Bud” Ruland; brother JD Thompson; sister, Helen Redmann.
“The Grand Dame” as she was known, was passionate about everything in life – faith, family, community, teaching, animals, music, cooking, horse racing, art… Her passions were as limitless as her love for the people around her. Many considered her a great teacher and friend; she will be loved and remembered by all from her close friends and family members to her doctors and dentists and everyone else in between who had the good fortune of crossing paths with her.
She was a mighty contributor to many clubs and civic organizations in Greeley, such as the Altar Guild at Trinity Church, the Antique Guild, the Garden Club, Women’s Club and the Country Club. Her love of horses began in these clubs. She never missed a Kentucky Derby, and had a knack for choosing the winner.
Marge nurtured her homes’ landscaping, to the point that when she moved to Dallas to live with her daughter, she brought her rose bushes with her. While she relished many peaceful, solitary hours working on various needlepoint projects, she equally cherished the raucous times she could teach the children in her family about what she loved – golf, collecting and especially backgammon! Her love of the game was the stuff of legends in her family, and she happily instructed those who did not know the rules how to employ the right strategies.
Marge acquired items of interest from cultures all over the world. Her love of fine collections was evident from early on in her life from beautiful French silver and Irish crystal to Navajo rugs, turquoise jewelry and Mexican dresses and art. Her love of Mexico in particular permeated her whole lifetime and she deeply loved the Montalvo family as well as Vanessa, Francisco, Silvia and Oswaldo.
Marge always generously shared her culinary expertise with friends and family. She was fortunate to count the great Julia Child among her friends. Holiday gatherings were eagerly anticipated, the inside joke being who would get to her savory Park House Rolls first. Thankfully, her recipes have been passed down to the next generations and her memory will live on through those amazing dishes and holidays filled with laughter.
Truly, volumes could be written about Marge and her wonderful life. All who loved her, so deeply, will hold her gently within their hearts. Saint Peter flew open the gates when he saw her approach, saying, “What took you so long?” Then, turning to the flock said, “Set up the backgammon board. The Queen is in town.”
Marge will be laid to rest with her husband and parents at a graveside service held on her birthday, July 23, 2019, at 11:00AM at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley, CO.
- Graveside Service Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Victoria Barker Pino
June 27, 2019
I’m grateful to be able to say that Marjorie was like a second grandmother to me. When I had to say goodbye to my own grandmother, Marge stepped in to fill my heart. She was larger than life and was a wealth of knowledge on so many subjects. I learned so much from her. I’m grateful that she shared her recipes with me. She was so lovely and beautiful and I will miss her smile and her spirit. Love, Victoria
June 24, 2019
Margie loved me! She made me feel important....she made me feel special. I can’t cook, do needlepoint or paint. But we found our common ground on our very first meeting. We both shared a love for the LORD. My dear Margie prayed for me over the years. Those prayers will be greatly missed. Her friendship will never be matched. But her LOVE will live on.
June 24, 2019
Words just can't express all that Marge meant to me. She was a mentor and more of a mother to me than my own mother. It hurts my heart to have to say goodbye.
June 24, 2019
My Aunt Marge was one of the most important persons in my life. The Obituary says it all about her. I will miss her every day of my life, and I will treasure all the wonderful moments we shared. I am so blessed to have her daughter, Pam, as my cousin, soul sister, and best friend.
Rest in the Sweetest Peace my God-Mother.
Vaya con Dios
June 23, 2019
We had a very special relationship my entire life I love her and miss her
Every day. Thanks for all my wonderful
Friends and her friends and family for all