Roxanna Diane Ruiz-Felter

April 13, 1976November 14, 2012

Roxanna Ruiz-Felter was born on April 13, 1976 to Demetrio and Sylvia Ruiz in San Antonio, Texas. She passed from this life to join our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven on November 14, 2012 at 4:50 AM, after a courageous battle with metastatic liposarcoma. She is survived by her husband Daniel Felter and daughter Eliana; her mother and father, Sylvia and Demetrio Ruiz; her brothers Robert Ruiz and his wife Patricia Ruiz, Rene Ruiz, and Ricardo Ruiz and his wife Maureen Ruiz; nephew Andrew Ruiz; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws. Roxanna grew up in San Antonio, attending St. Martin Hall and St Luke for elementary school and Incarnate Word High School. Roxanna received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University in May 1998 and then attended The University of Texas at Austin where she obtained a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in August 2002. On May 18, 2002, she was married to Daniel Felter, and moved to Dallas, Texas when Daniel's medical training took him to Baylor University Medical Center. Roxanna then began her career as a bilingual Speech Language Pathologist for the Richardson Independent School District. During her time at RISD she ardently fought for what was right and just with regards to the bilingual school age population. She worked tirelessly to seek out and correct any injustices that might lead to the detriment of a child. This fervent desire to do what was right lead her to Co-Chair the CLD task force for the Texas Speech and Hearing Association, which was tasked with the job of developing an Eligibility Manual for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students. When complete, this manual will be used statewide as a template for all school districts. This work created a deep desire within her to return to school in pursuit of a Ph.D in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Thus, in the summer of 2008 Roxanna and Daniel moved to Austin, Texas, where she re-enrolled at the University of Texas as a doctoral candidate. In two years she finished all of the required coursework for graduation. The couple moved back to Dallas during the summer of 2010 and Roxanna continued on in pursuit of her goal, to finish her remaining projects and eventually her dissertation from Dallas. Roxanna was well on her way when she and Daniel were blessed with the news that she was pregnant with their first child. Eliana Marie Felter was born on January 11, 2012. Roxanna and Daniel enjoyed 43 days of pure happiness as all of their dreams had come true. On February 22, 2012, this happiness turned to great fear and sadness as Roxanna was hospitalized and eventually diagnosed with metastatic dedifferentiated liposarcoma. Roxanna, while terrified of the possible eventual outcome of this disease, fought this cancer with such an amazing amount of strength and grace that all those who witnessed this fight were touched in ways too numerous to count. Even during the darkest moments her smile still shined bright for those who cared for her. This smile was the same smile she always had to offer. Whether it was a stranger in the grocery store, an old friend from years gone by, or her loving husband and family members. Her smile was always the same regardless of circumstance, bright and beautiful.


  • Rosary Sunday, November 18, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Monday, November 19, 2012

Roxanna Diane Ruiz-Felter

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November 14, 2013

Remembering a sweet, compassionate, brilliant friend today and always. You will always be missed Roxanna.
Dr. Cristina Ramos Dastgiri (NC)

Salvador J. Gonzalez

February 7, 2013

Dear Ruiz Family,
I dont have the words to express just how deeply I feel for your loss. Roxy was such a kind and warm person. She will be missed by all who knew her. I myself feel lucky to have known her. May God bless you and be there for you in your time of need.

Debra Garansuay

November 21, 2012

Matt, my sincerest condolences to you, your brother Dan, and your niece, Eliana. I remember you sharing Roxy's story with me, and I immediately felt a connection with her, as I too have witnessed how cancer can effect the life of a loved one. Even though I never had the honor of meeting her, she was never far from my or my Mom's prayers. May Papa continue to watch and be with all of you during this time. Take comfort knowing that she is free, smiling that gorgeous smile, and watching over all of you. She is with each of you, every hour, every second, of every day.

Melissa Mendoza Cain

November 21, 2012

Dan, you and Eliana will be in our constant prayers. Roxanna was such a beautiful woman inside and out. Love,

Irma (Silva) Rodriguez

November 19, 2012

Our deepest prayers go out to Roxanna's infant daughter and husband. This is a very sad loss.

Bill Rodriguez

November 19, 2012

My prayers are with you and your family.

Roger Wilson

November 19, 2012

"There is no end, there is no beginning; there is only passion for life."
--Federico Fellini

Peggy Marlowe

November 19, 2012

My deepest condolences to the Felter and Ruiz families. It was my distinct privilege to work with Roxanna when she came to Richardson ISD. I always looked forward to seeing her beautiful smile and witnessing the amazing differences she made in the lives of so many students. She was outstanding, both professionally and personally. Prayers continue for all of you, especially Daniel and Eliana, that you may eventually gain peace from the many wonderful memories you shared.

November 19, 2012


Maria Andrea

November 19, 2012

Dear Ruiz and Felter Family, My sincere condolences in the loss of a beautiful women. I remember Roxanna although years ago, it seemed like not so long at all. While at Incarnate Word High School Roxanna always brought with her a positive attitude and magnificent smile which always lit up a room. She will definitely be missed for those who knew her and those who even just had the pleasure of meeting her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May she rest well now without pain, as she is now in God's home. Finally, God Bless Baby Eliana knowing that she had a special mother who was loved by many.
Maria Andrea (Bangkok, Thailand)