Wendy Dorene Ruiz

September 14, 1964May 13, 2018
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Wendy Dorene Ruiz, of Koloa, Hawaii, born on September 14, 1964 in Waimea, Hawaii, to the late Edith Ruiz and Donald, passed away at age 53 on May 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Wendy went to Koloa Elementary School and graduated from Kauai High School. She later attended Kapiolani Community College. Wendy was the beloved partner of Paul Buse. She was preceded in death by her brother, Derek Ruiz; grandmothers, Margaret Ruiz and Ichiko Marugame; and grandfathers, Damascio Ruiz and Jisuo Marugame. Wendy is survived by her father, Donald Ruiz, brother, Scott Ruiz; and sister, Donna Moises. She also leaves behind her greatly loved dogs, Kina and Sonora. She loved hiking and traveling with family. The family invites donations in Wendy's name to Hospice of the Valley. Forms for donations will be available at the services or go to their website at and make a donation in memory of Wendy Ruiz. Friends and family are welcome to attend the celebration of life service on Saturday, June 9th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuary at 710 W Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013. A second celebration of life will take place in Hawaii, officiated by Niles Kageyama, on Saturday, July 7 from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Koloa Missionary Church, 3370 Poipu Rd, Koloa. Casual or Aloha attire at Celebration of Life at both locations is requested by the family.


  • Paul A Buse, Partner
  • Donald Roy Ruiz, Father
  • Edith Mieko Ruiz, Mother
  • Donna Moises, Sister
  • Derek Ruiz, Brother
  • Scott Ruiz, Brother


  • Visitation Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Reception Saturday, June 9, 2018

Wendy Dorene Ruiz

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June 9, 2018

Ms Ruiz was a special gal. I'll miss her wit, wisdom, and wackiness. Forever the memories will influence my life. Deepest love and sympathies to those who loved her too. Happy. Peaceful. Free. Love. JHi

Marsha Weiss

June 8, 2018

Wendy was always friendly, helpful and encouraging. We at SunVilla will miss her, and we send our sincere condolences to her family, friends, and co-workers.

Susan Kauffman

June 7, 2018

Wendy knew I really loved having new cleaning cloths for my glasses. She always snuck me extras at the office and we kept it our secret. She helped me so much with my girls — I can never thank her enough! I will miss you Wendy!! ❤️

Angelica Saenz

June 7, 2018

Wendy Ruiz will remain in our hearts forever. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love and support.”

Rob Evaniak

June 1, 2018

Dee Tashakori

May 29, 2018

Our deepest condolences to you upon the passing of Wendy.

Avilla Dallas Team

Bil Bruno

May 26, 2018

I will always appreciate Wendy for her humor, her commitment to a wonderful mission, her loyalty and most of all her friendship over three decades. I was just some vendor she inherited when she assumed HR leadership with a great organization. She helped me more than anyone I’ve ever worked with. She taught me a lot and was usually quite nice- but she was certainly not shy about scolding us if we let her and her employees down.
When my bosses would come out from HQ to meet our clients, I’d always ask Wendy if we could visit. Of course she charmed and impressed them, so when they left I knew they thought “hey, if a terrific leader like her in a great company like that thinks Bruno does an excellent job then maybe he actually is ½ as good as he thinks he is” I like to joke around and I can still laugh thinking about some of Wendy’s subtle zingers. You had to stay attentive because she was sharp and fast and could roll them out with no tip off – then a little later you would realize what she said and either laugh outloud or know she had given a message that you needed to up your game.
I will always be grateful that Wendy gave me a chance to express to her in those last days that her loyalty and patience with me had made a huge impact on the way I was able to provide for my family. I was able to tell her how I treasured her friendship and how her illness was breaking my heart. Thank you Wendy, I will miss you.

Moody Family

May 26, 2018

We are all so privileged to call Wendy- friend. Wendy was always so kind, considerate and caring of us. Seeing her outside, while walking her dogs, She would brighten our day with a simply wonderful conversation. She would always bring over and share her home cooking with us. Always thinking about others. Wendy's beautiful smile and voice always brought with it a ray of sunshine. We miss her so much, but we take some comfort knowing she is with her Mom now.

Patrick Rentfrow

May 16, 2018

Wendy was such a great friend to me and my family and always took such good care of us. She was the most caring and generous person I've ever had the pleasure of working with and she mentored me through every different struggle in my young career, even if I didn't see eye to eye with her. She will be deeply missed by myself, my girlfriend and our daughter for the rest of our time here. To Paul, I'm thinking about you every day and I hope you'll be able to find some peace through this tragedy. This picture is from just a few months ago where her team from Recovery Innovations got together and shared a meal with her and Kina. RIP Wendy. I love you with all of my heart.



      Wendy Dorene Ruiz was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Wendy will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Wendy was born on September 14, 1964 at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii. She was the daughter of Donald and Edith Ruiz. Wendy grew up in Kauai, Hawaii.

      Wendy was raised with three siblings. She had one older sister, Donna an older brother, Derek and an older twin brother Scott. Wendy was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young girl, Wendy had a number of interests. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and making up games. Most of the games she played were with her siblings and 6 cousins, who were all close in age. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Wendy was an active child who played T-ball and soft-ball. She was a girl scout and a cheerleader. In her spare time she liked to quilt, crochet, sew, be with cousins and friends. However, to Wendy, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her whole family, parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

      A typical teenager, Wendy had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Kauai High School in 1982. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. She was very active in high school activities and was chair person or co-chairperson on numerous committees involving homecoming, student government, and yearbook.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those she knew, Wendy enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during her lifetime. While growing up, some of her best friends were Sydette, Adele, and Mara. Later in life, she became friends with Scott, Marie and so many others.

      Fortunately, Wendy enjoyed what she did for a living. Wendy worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was HR Generalist. She was employed for a while on Oahu at Kapiolani Womens' and Children's Hospital, St. Francis West, Wahiawa General Hospital. After moving to Arizona she began working for Recovery International. Her professionalism, personality, knowledge and strong work ethic resulted in Wendy becoming Vice-president and Director of HR. She resigned from Recovery International in 2015. After a little time off she got back into the work force at MEB Services, one of the Southwest's biggest property management companies. Wendy always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Wendy enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were traveling, playing pool, shopping, playing cards, reading and being with family. Some of her recreational activities included cycling and hiking. Wendy enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew, relax, explore or just have fun, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included Disneyland, Germany, and Cruising to various locations and camping with the family.

      Wendy was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Kina, a dachsund. They were best friends for 14 years. Her family was rounded out by her other dogs, Cooper, Arlen and Maile. While Wendy had no human children of her own, she was a favorite aunt to many of her nieces and nephews and great co-grandma to Jaden and Liam Offutt.

      Wendy passed away on May 13, 2018 at at home surrounded by loved ones. Wendy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the end of January. In early February she was told it was stage 4 and inoperable. Courageously, she chose to let the cancer take it's course. She lived the rest of her life on her own terms, with caring, intent, strength, love and purpose. She is survived by her partner Paul Buse, father Donald Ruiz, sister Donna Moises and twin brother Scott Ruiz. Services were held at A. L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuary, in Phoenix, Arizona and Koloa Missionary Church, Kauai, HI. Wendy was cremated and taken to Kauai where her ashes were scattered at Kukuila Harbor.

      Special would be an adequate word to describe Wendy. She was vibrant, gregarious, fun-loving, intelligent, vivacious, strong, direct and extremely generous, and will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as a caring and loving individual. Wendy leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Wendy Dorene Ruiz.