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Obituary for Celeste Diane (Ruth) Wallace

Celeste Diane (Ruth) Wallace, 48, passed away on Thursday October 28, 2021 at UVMMC in Burlington after a short illness. She was born on April 12, 1973 in Fairfax, Virginia, the daughter of Franklin and Diane (Beuchert) Ruth. A native Virginian, she moved to Vermont and enjoyed living for several years in the Burlington area.

She attended Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. She also attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia with a focus on wildlife science and ever after loved watching Hokie football. She worked most recently as an Immigration Officer for the Department of Homeland Security. She loved nature, animals, and had impeccable fashion sense. She was an insightful animal trainer and bonded closely with her beloved Rhodesian Ridgebacks and her cats. An excellent photographer, she honed her skills with a degree in photography and was the person that could take the most flattering image of anyone no matter what. She had a sharp, but kind, wit, a great sense of humor and could be relied on to say the kind and insightful thing at the right time.

She is survived by her father, Franklin Ruth and stepmother Sharon Ruth, sister Alexis Adamson, brother in law Scott Adamson, niece Natasha, nephew Jake, and many, many beloved friends and family, including Lisa Anthony, Tammy Hanna, and Devin Grandchamp.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday November 3, 2021 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at A. W. Rich Funeral Home – Essex Chapel. Which can be viewed at if you are unable to attend. A Celebration of Life will also be held at the convenience of the family in Virginia at a later date. Memorial contributions in Celeste’s memory may be made to the “After the Races” organization at Please visit to share your memories and condolences.