OBITUARY

Manuela C. Ruiz

July 13, 1923January 3, 2021

Manuela Mamie Ruiz was born on July 13, 1923 in Marlin, Texas to Manuel Cortez and Juanita Lopez. Her family moved to Houston, Texas where, at 14 years of age, she met and married her sweetheart, Leopold Ruiz Jr. of Cement City, Texas. They were married for 41 years, 9 months, until his death in 1979. Together they raised 9 children.

Mamie stayed in Houston with her three young children while her husband served in the U.S. Army in Germany, during WWII.

She spent time in Alaska, Germany, and got lost in Paris. She frequented different locales in Texas. After her husbands’ passing she loved extended visits with her children. She loved all her offspring and their offspring, whether bound by DNA or not. She believed that family was defined by love, not by blood.

She was patient, kind, loving, humble, uplifting, encouraging, a good listener, non-judgmental, funny, a GREAT cook, and a very hard worker.

She loved to dance, visit with friends, crochet booties for kids, grandkids, great etc. go on long road trips with her husband and kids, go out to eat (she was normally cooking for a multitude), listen to music, laugh, play bingo, and spend time with her brothers and sisters. She loved holidays, especially Christmas.

Most of all she had a great faith. She taught us to love God deeply, as she did. She did her best to bring her love of The Father, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit to us all.

The Lord took Manuela to Himself on January 3, 2021. She was 97 ½ years old.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leopold, daughter Nellie and son Jesse, grandsons Jesse Paul and John, and 5 sisters and 4 brothers.

She is survived by daughters Carmen, Janie, Maria, Anita (Ramon), Angelina (Weldon), and sons Gilbert Roland (Yolanda), and Joseph (Norma).

She is also survived by 26 Grandchildren- Rosalie, Johnny, Cynthia, Mark. Eric, Matt, Daniela, Nathan, Ginger, Jane, Ramon, Bartholomew, Marcos, Jorge, Mark, Lee, Ramon, Carla, Gilbert, Daniel, Christina, Jason, Marissa, Natalie, Julia, Maximilian and numerous Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren, and one Great, Great, Great Grandchild.

As her family we lament our profound loss, and celebrate her Victory.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, January 18, 2021

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 18, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Monday, January 18, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Memories

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Roland Ruiz

January 25, 2021

A Poem for My Beloved Mother
by Roland Ruiz

God put this lovely man on earth, Leopoldo Ruiz
To cross paths with a lovely lady and they connected with ease

Through our Lord they fell in love Gods blessings never cease This lady then became Mrs. Manuela Ruiz

God blessed them with 9 children and love that we all seized They cared and nurtured all of us, Now she’s momma Ruiz

The Lord our God blessed them with more and everybody sees, These gracious loving caring kids made her Grandma Ruiz

God sent more love to both of them our Lord our God is pleased, How much joy these kids can give, to Great Grandma Ruiz

More blessings that our Lord sent them, He knew that it would be A group of loving kids that made her, Great Great Grandma Ruiz

As God gave them more blessings, His will, His love we see God made this lovely lady, Great Great Great Grandma Ruiz

God brought this lovely lady home so she could be at peace United with her husband, Leopoldo Ruiz

We give you glory praise o Lord your love will never cease We thank you for you child of love, Mrs. Manuela Ruiz

Angelina Edwards

January 15, 2021

So very many memories...
I love how she came to stay a few days when Jorge was born.
I love how she came along on Mark’s first Doctor visit when we adopted him.
I love how she called Weldon “Mijo”.
I love how she would occasionally send ice cream money to S and B.
I love how she would throw her head back in laughter when I would say something even remotely funny.
I love how she kept blowing me kisses when it was time to hang up on the GrandPad.
I love that she read her Bible and prayed for all of us every day.
Most of all I just loved her! I will miss her every day for the rest of my life but know I will see her again. ❤️

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