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In Memory of Hazel Evalyn "Sally" Kingsley Rucidlo

Hazel Evalyn Kingsley Rucidlo

Hazel Evalyn Kingsley Rucidlo, better known as "Sally", was born June 20, 1921, at Greenwood, Wise County, Texas, one of seven children of Joseph Clinton Kingsley and Mattie Evalena McCarty. She graduated from Slidell High School, from Decatur Baptist College, and from North Texas State University at Denton. Her master's degree was granted by Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth.

After teaching for a while at Diamond Hill Elementary School in Fort Worth, in 1955, Sally went to Japan where she was a teacher for the U.S. Air Force for one year. She continued her teaching abroad with two years in England, and approximately ten years in Saudi Arabia for ARAMCO.

At the end of her tour of duty as a third grade teacher in Dhahan, Saudi Arabia, on January 16, 1969, Sally was married to Bernard J. Rucidlo, also an employee of ARAMCO, at Manama, Bahrain Island. Following a tour that included Pakistan, India, Malaysia, and Australia, the Rucidlos returned to Fort Worth. Their home in Haltom City was designed to accomodate their collection of furniture and art objects acquired during their travels.

In 1970 Sally suffered a heart attack, and as therapy to alleviate her enforced inactivity, she began to compile a history of her family. Despite her constant battle against her failing health, and until her death on March 6, 1979, she accumulated a vast amount of material. She completed a transcript on twenty of her families, compiled a book of 327 family group sheets, and assembled over 160 supporting documents.

Through the generosity of her husband, these transcripts, family group sheets, and documents were made available to the Fort Worth Genealogical Society for microfilming. There are three rolls, and a copy of each has been placed in the Fort Worth Public Library. It is planned to place the the originals, along with her correspondence and other data, in the library of the Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth.

The above excerpted from the accompanying guide to the "Families of Hazel Evalyn Kingsley Rucidlo"----three reel set of microfilm as published by FWGS, ca. 1981.

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