Virginia R. Rulli died May 20, 2006 at the Payson Hospice Center. She was 57 years old.
Rulli was born Aug. 19, 1948 in Astoria, Okla. She moved to Chino Valley at the age of 8. She was raised by her father, George Nakayama. The last years of her life she resided in Payson.
She walked miles every day to feed and water wild and abandoned animals, and saved hundreds, finding them homes.
Rulli is survived by four children and 14 grandchildren.