Ruth Soriano Gallenero Marcella, age 85 of Paris, TN, died Saturday, July 8, 2023, peacefully in her sleep at her daughter’s residence in Memphis, TN.
She received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Lyceum of the Philippines University in Manila, Philippines. As a decorated writer and editor, she published short stories, novelettes, and feature articles in numerous Filipino magazines. She received accolades such as World Book USA Philippine Best District Manager as well as Miss Colgate Philippines. After an incredible career, she nurtured a growing extended family overseas in the US and settled in Paris, TN.
She was born September 22, 1937, in Jaro, Iloilo City, Philippines to the late Blas and Concepta Gallenero.
Ruth was married on May 19, 1961, to Juanito Marcella and he preceded in death on March 10, 2012.
She is survived by two daughters: Amalia Lourdes Marcella of Memphis and Marion Marcella Sill of Ohio; three sons: Israel Marcella of Murfreesboro, Emmanuel Marcella of Nashville and John Marcella of Memphis. She also leaves seven grandsons: Zachary Marcella of Nashville, Jordan Marcella of London, UK, Webster Marcella of Ohio, Nathan Marcella of Ohio, Elijah Marcella Monroe of Memphis, Matthew Marcella Sill of Ohio, and Zeke Marcella of Nashville; six granddaughters: Migs Cipriano of the Philippines, Michelle Madrigal of the Philippines, Sophia Marcella Tan of Jackson, Audrey Marcella Tan of Jackson, Lily Marcella Monroe of Memphis, and Christiana Marcella Sill of Ohio; one great grandson: Elijah Marcella of Nashville.
Along with her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by three brothers Rudolpho Gallenero, Richard Gallenero, and Rogelio Gallenero.
Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN 38242. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at 10 am at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Burial will follow the service in the Hillcrest Memorial Park.