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Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary

1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA

OBITUARY

Ruth Yesenia Cortes

October 19, 1979October 30, 2019

Ruth was born on October 19, 1979 in Hawaiian Gardens, California the middle child out of five of Jose and Laura Cortes. She graduated from Magnolia High School in Anaheim, CA class of 1997, received her Bachelor of Science in 2002 from San Diego State University, San Diego, CA and graduated from Touro University, Vallejo, CA as certified Physician’s Assistant in 2012. She served in the United States Airforce Reserves for six years and was actively serving as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy.

Ruth accomplished a great many things for which she viewed as a blessing and faced adversity through it all but her Christian faith never wavered. She had a passion for helping others, especially using her skills in medicine. She was a skilled artist and used her drawings to bring joy to others and to educate patients. She enjoyed traveling with friends which was evident by her ever growing list of places she had visited and placed she longed to see. She ran for fitness and as a way to destress and accumulated, trophies and medals for 5k’s, 10k’s and marathons she completed. She was known for her quick wit, infections smile and laugh, her kind, compassionate, selfless spirit and her love of life.

She is preceded in death by her father, Jose and mother, Laura. She is survived by her sisters Judith, Ana, Vanessa, brother Jose and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Services are listed on this site. Flowers are welcomed as well as donations in her honor through gofundme for Touro University where she attended PA school. The funds will be used to create the Lt. Ruth Cortes running space at the new gymnasium being built where a plaque will be created in her honor alongside the purchase of a treadmill, a brick for the PA Veterans Memorial garden in Durham, NC and a to have an annual scholarship through the American Academy of PAs Veterans Caucus for female Veterans attending PA school.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, November 16, 2019

Memories

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Nina Gilmore

November 15, 2019

You were one of my first friends in the military!

Nina Gilmore

November 15, 2019

We had the best time in Camp Lejuene!

Nina Gilmore

November 15, 2019

Ruth, I will never forget you! You were an amazing person and you will be greatly missed!

The holidays will not be the same without you!

Nina Gilmore

November 15, 2019

The memories are ENDLESS with you Ruth! You were like the big sister I could have only wished for. You were one of the most selfless people that I know and I know every life that you encountered, was impacted for the better. I will never forget the joy you brought to every room, your beautiful smile, and how outrageously smart you were! I love you and I know you are in a good place <333

Kimberly Warburton

November 14, 2019

Ruth you were so beautiful inside and out ❤️

Kimberly Warburton

November 14, 2019

I loved traveling with Ruth, she was a true adventurer. She could sleep in the dirt and fine done all in a day. She was always down for fun. I loved spending every day with her. She was a light to me and to everyone around her.

Kimberly Warburton

November 14, 2019

Ruth, was brilliant. We participated in the student challenge bowl together while in grad school and she was always spot on and quick with her answers. I loved learning with and from her.

Kimberly Warburton

November 14, 2019

Ruth lived with me during PA school and we went to Bolivia together. She is pure joy. She taught me to love running, the Count of Monte Christo and laughing. Her laugh was infectious. She was always optimistic. I love her so much and will always love her.

Lisa Ledesma

November 13, 2019

Ruth, I will never forget how focused and driven you were in everything you did, I remember thinking to myself how does she stay so disciplined?! You always worked so hard and all the while kept that smile like it was easy... I will forever hold you in my heart and remember all the laughs we shared!
I bet youre running MILES in heavens clouds now.. . Xoxo ~Lisa

Erika Ortega

November 13, 2019

Ruth,
You were a damn rock star in so many aspects of life! You were always motivated, determined and respectful at all times. You smiled no matter what life was throwing your way. Your artistic side made me always want to be on your team to draw out run throughs for football. On weekends I remember driving by the hill on Brookhurst and there you were running it like is was just another beautiful thing we all should be doing. You didn’t even look like you broke a sweat. When everyone was getting wild and crazy, there you were, the voice of reason to bring us back down to reality. You will be greatly missed! I can only imagine the art you’ll be drawing in heaven with more colors then we have here. Rest easy Chica. Fair winds and following Seas 🙏🏻

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