Aziza Buentello

May 9, 1937May 11, 2019

Aziza Buentello, known by all as Ruby, passed peacefully into rest on May 11, 2019, after a brief illness. Born in Fayoum, Egypt, on May 9, 1937, Ruby emigrated to the United States in 1967 with a group of girlhood friends, who all settled in the Washington, DC area. Here, Ruby met and married Frank Buentello, an Army Ranger newly back from duty in Vietnam, who was beginning his long and decorated career as a DC police officer. In the five decades since, Ruby served as an expert and loving childcare provider and loyal friend to many local families, for whom her care, capability, and good company were indispensable. Ruby was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank, and her dear friends Rosie Tadros and Bella Barsch. She is survived by her devoted sister, Julia Gouda, of Washington and nieces and nephews in Egypt and Canada.

Ruby was a devout member of the Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church and will be missed by her church family.

Ruby leaves behind many close friends and an extended family of now-grown children she helped to raise, whose sorrow at her loss is matched only by their gratitude for her love. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday May 18, 2019 at the Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church, 3920 Alton Pl, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM with a service to follow. Interment will take place at Rock Creek Cemetery.


  • Visitation Saturday, May 18, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 18, 2019


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Stanley Barsch

May 18, 2019

Ruby, my dearest godmother. I love you so much from the bottom of my heart. I pray you and Frank are living in eternal paradise. Please say hi to my mom, Rose and Adele. I’ll see you on the other side, but until then lots of love always.

Susan Kraut

May 14, 2019

Dear Ruby,
You are FOREVER in our hearts.
Susan, Peter and Liz Kraut

Eric Cieplinski

May 13, 2019

I knew Aziza as Ruby. She was a member of our congregation at Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church. I knew her sister Julia and her friend Patsy very well. I used to take them home from church on Sundays, and out of the three , Ruby always had the biggest smile and just the warmest glow about her. I am going to miss seeing her, but know we'll see one another again.

Eric Cieplinski