Ruth "Mama Ruth" Flores Villegas Larkin
July 4, 1942 – May 11, 2020
Ruth Flores Villegas Larkin, a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, died on May 11, 2020 at the age of 77. Ruth was Born July 4, 1942 in Mesa, Arizona and preceded in death by her parents, Avelina Flores and Eduardo Lizarraga Villegas of Salinas, California and Ruth’s eldest brother Rudy Villegas of San Bernardino, California. She is also preceded in death by her life partner of over 30 years, Harold Flores, a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is survived by her 3 children; Michael Edward Larkin of Costa Mesa, California (ex-wife Suzanne), Sally Marie Mueller of Las Vegas, Nevada (husband Russell), and Carmen Elaine Bell of Las Vegas, Nevada (husband Gordon), 12 grandchildren; Andy, Chelsey, Kelsey, Megan, Brennan, Dylan, Kandyce, Ryan, Andrew, Anthony, Alex and Caysey, 12 greatgrandchildren; Remi Bea, Fionna, Jaden, Aubri Rose, Alizabeth, Love, Madison, Joseph, Samantha, Nia, Aaron and Harlee, 4 siblings; Delia Jimenez of Capitola, California, Martha Trinidad of Lincoln, California, Albert Villegas of Brentwood, California and Eddie Villegas of San Jose, California. She is also survived by her ex-husband, Edward Alexander Larkin (wife Joyce) and by loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, and a host of church family and friends. Ruth moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1986 from San Diego, California. She was a housekeeper by trade and retired in 2010 from Desert Springs Hospital, where she earned numerous acknowledgments for customer service excellence throughout her employment of over 20 years. She is most remembered by her coworkers as being very kind, having a joyful heart and always willing to help someone in need. Ruth, who came to be known as “Mama Ruth”, was a member of the Christian community church in Las Vegas. She deeply loved her church family. She was active in planning church socials and special women’s ministry events which brought her great joy. She was a pure example of sincere generosity and loved gift giving. Her purposeful generosity extended to a great many children local and afar; her local church, Angel-Tree, Toys for Tots and Samaritan’s Purse are just a few who were blessed by her passionate gift giving heart. Anyone who knew Ruth, knew how much she loved her children’s gift giving mission field. Ruth’s legacy is the love of her family and the unconditional love she exampled in her Savior Jesus Christ. All who knew her were blessed to have known her. Many people were touched in such a special way that those memories of her will be long and cherished forever. To God be the glory for the time we were blessed with our dear precious “Mama Ruth”.
"I am with you always." Matthew 28:20 It is well there is One who is ever the same, and who is ever with us. It is well there is one stable rock amidst the billows of the sea of life. O my soul, set not thine affections upon rusting, moth-eaten, decaying treasures, but set thine heart upon him who abides forever faithful to thee. Build not thine house upon the moving quicksands of a deceitful world, but found thy hopes upon this rock, which, amid descending rain and roaring floods, shall stand immovably secure. My soul, I charge thee, lay up thy treasure in the only secure cabinet; store thy jewels where thou canst never lose them. Put thine all in Christ; set all thine affections on his person, all thy hope in his merit, all thy trust in his efficacious blood, all thy joy in his presence, and so thou mayest laugh at loss, and defy destruction. Remember that all the flowers in the world's garden fade by turns, and the day cometh when nothing will be left but the black, cold earth. Death's black extinguisher must soon put out thy candle. Oh! how sweet to have sunlight when the candle is gone! The dark flood must soon roll between thee and all thou hast; then wed thine heart to him who will never leave thee; trust thyself with him who will go with thee through the black and surging current of death's stream, and who will land thee safely on the celestial shore, and make thee sit with him in heavenly places forever. Go, sorrowing son of affliction, tell thy secrets to the Friend who sticketh closer than a brother. Trust all thy concerns with him who never can be taken from thee, who will never leave thee, and who will never let thee leave him, even "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever." "Lo, I am with you always," is enough for my soul to live upon, let who will forsake me. ~Charles Spurgeon
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Ruth "Mama Ruth" Flores Villegas Larkin
May 24, 2020
There is so much to say about Grandma Ruth. As many others have said, she was such a kind, loving and generous woman. She had a great sense of humor and a genuine laugh that you could recognize a mile away. She was a firecracker, strong willed, and she could be stubborn like you couldn’t believe at times. She was also a believer in our Lord, Jesus Christ and was such a blessing to her church family.
One of my favorite memories with Grandma was when I was a young child, probably around the age of 8 or 9. Grandma Ruth had taken me to the store with her. She took me to the toy section and told me I could pick out a toy. I looked and looked and one toy in particular caught my eye. It was a giant stuffed animal of Mushu from Mulan. Having the love I had of Disney and all things having to do with dragons, I chose this. Problem was, it was in the ground half stuffed under the shelves. It was so dirty and messy and the last one. She told me to pick something else but I begged and I begged. I told her I would clean it first thing when we got home. She responded with, “You will clean it all by yourself mijo?” I promised and she got it for me. When we got home first thing I did was grab a rag and start cleaning. Not long after, grandma took a seat next to me, her own washcloth in hand and began helping even though I had promised her I would do it on my own. And there we sat together, cleaning that silly stuffed animal. Its funny how the smallest things can become some of the fondest memories.
The bottom line, will I miss my Grandma? Of course I will. But the really amazing thing is that I don’t have to look far. Grandma’s kindness and love, her humor and laughter, even her strong will and stubbornness, I see it all reflected so clearly in two women in my life that I love so deeply. Her two daughters. My mother Sally, and my Aunt Carmen. In so many ways they are such spitting images of the traits that I love so much about Grandma.
May 22, 2020
Mama Ruth has been dearly loved and will be greatly missed by many... By me... So many beautiful memories I could share, but closest to my heart is the memory of her hugs, warm and close. When I lost my own Mama 2 years ago, Mama Ruth was right there, every Sunday morning before church, with open arms and "Mama Hugs" for me! Thank you Mama Ruth! Also thanking GOD, for being right there with her, as I felt not only her arms holding me close, but His too! And now, with a big smile, I think of Mama Ruth, wrapped in the arms of our Sweet Savior, in a forever hug! Love and hugs!!! Susan
May 21, 2020
Loving Sister, It is with a sad heart that I bid you farewell. Though as children we were raised under strict rules & very little exposure to the outside world, yet you persevered & practiced all the great attributes our Lord bestow on you. I'm amazed how compassionate, generous, forgiving, tolerant, loving and devoted Mother & Sister you became. Yet you were so silly & funny. Those qualities are now inheritance in your children & they came to fruition in your time of need. The 2020 virus & many families are being denied access to their love one's, but, your Kids could not imagine not being at your bedside as you had so many times been there for them, They convinced your Dr. to allow them "end of life visit" & said your good byes. Your Kids r the living testament of what you practice & believed. PEACE BE W/YOU. LOVE YOU.
May 20, 2020
My sister Ruth or what my dad called her, cuca, was always happy and great to talk to, I have great memories and I will surely miss her a lot. On my trips to Vegas I always made it a point to stop by. I’m sure my mom and dad and Rudy my bother will welcome her and be together again.
May 20, 2020
You will forever be missed by so many and always hold a warm spot in my life. Your constant giving attitude and great fullness for all of the family you have has been a blessing to witness! Your love of God and and the church will be missed by so many. I can’t think of another person that was so willing to help especially when it came to the kids. Grandma always had little gifts for the kids and put everyone before herself. I can remember as a kid we would go with grandpa Harold to pick up grandma from work. She worked downtown so they would take us for a cruise down Fremont Street to see the lights. Everything back then was so big as a child. What is even bigger as I grow older are the memories that we cherish with our loved ones. That being said. Grandma I cherish all the positive memories that you brought to me and so many others. We love you and look forward to seeing you in heaven healthy and not in pain anymore.
Love, your grandson
May 20, 2020
My sister, my sister, Rest In Peace. We love you, we will miss you. Our hearts are broken. I am sure our mom, dad & brother Rudy were there to receive you when your soul entered heaven. Bless your children that were there for you always.
Love you more
May 20, 2020
Super sweet and humble spirit that I experienced in knowing Mama Ruth, she was true to her family and church family and to her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The world is a better place knowing a person like Ruth. God bless her and her family and our joyious reunion in the heavenlies when we get to see her and all the saints and angels and the Holy Trinity!!!
May 20, 2020
RIP The lady who always had a happy smile on her face, our thoughts love and prayers go out to the family.
May 19, 2020
Grandma Ruthie was very very loving and kind. She dealt with too much from my brother and I growing up but always forgave us for all of it. I wish I could have gotten to know her better than I did. She will always be in my heart and never forgotten. Love you grandma Ruthie and I know I will see you again one day.
May 19, 2020
Grandma Ruth was always the kindest, sweetest, and funniest to be around. She always made family parties and church joyous. I will always keep her in my memories.
May 19, 2020
Mama Ruth was always kind and considerate of others, always greeted you with a smile. She was a gentle and kind person. I really grew to love and respect her over these past several years since the begining of PRC. She attended services faithfully, usually surrounded by her kids and grandkids, down in the front row corner, and usually with her blanket. I always respected how she showed up, even though she may not have been feeliing great (so who's to blame he if she dozed of now and again :). We will miss seeing Mama Ruth in church, but we look forward to a glorious reunion. Until then, she is part of the heavenly host, praising Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Anem!