Myrna Ruiz Malveaux

September 25, 1941April 13, 2018
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Myrna Ruiz Malveaux passed away peacefully on Friday, April 13, 2018. She was the devoted and loving wife of Floyd J. Malveaux, nurturing and motivating mother of Suzette, Suzanne, Courtney and Greg Malveaux, proud grandmother of Nailah, Bennett, Jacob, Richard, Gabriel, and Soleil, and generous friend and colleague to many. A native of New Orleans, Myrna’s “joie de vivre” or full-on embrace of life’s joys was consummate. Her effervescent personality, nurturing nature, and service touched many. A retired Early Childhood Educator and holder of a Master’s degree, she played a significant role in molding the character and developing the minds of hundreds of young children. She contributed to disaster relief efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, gave back to her community church, St. John the Evangelist, and inspired those battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Also, she was armed with a strong faith in God and is well-known for her generous and non-judgmental support of family, friends, and oftentimes strangers.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD 21045 on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 28, 10:00am, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at Wildelake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, MD 21044. Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the “Myrna Ruiz Malveaux Endowed Scholarship in Early Childhood Education”, Xavier University of Louisiana, PO Box 650658, Dallas, TX 75265-9915, OR in her name to an ALS organization, of your choice.


  • Visitation Friday, April 27, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 28, 2018

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Donn Hill

January 21, 2019

Sophia Nelson

December 10, 2018

I am just learning of the passing of Soror Myrna. I was out of the country when she passed. I am heartbroken. What a wonderful, vibrant, beautiful human being. Add to that a heart of gold. To Suzanne, Suzette, Courtney and Greg I am so sorry that you lost such a wonderful light in your life. Your mom was amazing. I am sorry I was not there as a friend for you. I will reach out privately soon. God bless you and prayers for your wonderful father too.
Sophia Nelson & Family

Stephanie scholl

May 2, 2018

I am 53 years old. I attended Schaumburg Elementary in New Orleans East. I can't remember the names of any other teachers but I always remembered Ms Malveaux who was so sweet and kind. That's a long time for a positive legacy! A belated thank you, ma'am.

Barbara Woodruff

May 1, 2018

My thoughts and prayers have always been with the Malveaux Family, you all truly gave Myrna much love and support, give yourself time. It's the Great Healer. Fondly, Walter and Barbara B. Woodruff.

Darin Oduyoye

April 30, 2018

They say it takes a village to raise a child. And Mrs. Malveaux was undoubtedly part of my beloved village on Wood Elves Way. I have such fond memories of her radiant smile, her hugs, her style, her funny stories, her amazing Halloween costumes, her walks with my Mom, and of course – her gumbo! Mrs. Malveaux was truly a class act. She was a second mother and devoted friend to so many. While we will for sure miss her greatly, her indelible spirit and character remains omnipresent and lives on through her beautiful family.

Joyce Stathem

April 30, 2018

Mrs. Malveaux was my son's first grade teacher, and I was a room mother for the year. She was a lovely, patient person, and I feel fortunate to have known her. She was also an excellent and kind teacher. We are very sad to hear of her passing.

Julie Lesch

April 29, 2018

Floyd and Myrna and their beautiful family are such an inspiration to me, and were especially so as I was a newlywed and starting my own family. I worked closely with Floyd for many years and I couldn’t believe that he came to work every day with a lunch lovingly packed for him in a brown paper bag. I commented one day about how nice it must be to have someone who sends you to work every day with a lunch and he said, “what can I say? She loves me!” And there was no truer statement, they loved each other and as Floyd would say she was his more outgoing half; together they were a perfect combination. My other favorite story about their relationship is that whenever we were in a meeting, no matter who it was with, if Myrna called him on his cell phone he would always answer and excuse himself to talk to her. Sometimes he would say ‘this is my ultimate boss calling’ as he excused himself to take the call. I admire and try to emulate his devotion to his partner in my own life, but theirs is really a love story for the ages.

Della Peay

April 28, 2018

When Myrna got her electric wheelchair, we went walking and by the time we got off the ramp, she took off! We could not keep up with her. We laughed so hard. It was Alexis, Jacki, Della, Mona, and Haggar. We have a great time that day!

Myrna loved her wine, so when we were at her house, we made sure she had wine on a tip or cotton swab so that she could have a taste. She loved her wine!

Myrna's outfits always matched, including her slippers and she knew she was looking good! She always had her matching earrings on too. And her lipstick!

Alexis, Jackie and Della
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Joan Williams

April 28, 2018

May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of sorrow. Your strong faith, your inner strength and the power of God's love will carry you through.
Myrna and I were classmates at Corpus Christi and St. Mary's Academy in New Orleans. I will always remember her radiant ,infectious smile.
In 2012 we had our High School Class Reunion in Maryland and the barbecue was at Myrna's house. The food was delicious but the surprise of the day was the Belly Dancer. Myrna hired a Belly dancer to teach us the dance. It was hilarious and the best time ever. Of course, we ended the day with the second line.
Rest in Heavenly Peace my friend until we meet again.

Sarita + Famebridge Payne

April 28, 2018

Please accept our sympathy from the Payne Family. May her spirit and love remain with you forever.