Ethel Marie Valentine Ruiz

January 25, 1927August 7, 2015

Ethel Marie Valentine Ruiz, 88, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on Friday, August 07, 2015 at Hospice House surrounded by her family. Ethel was one of three girls born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She was an avid music lover and guitar teacher. She and her adoring husband of 67 years, José Carlos, were world travelers. She and her husband resided in various locations within the United States as well as México City and Caracas, Venezuela, where she became fluent in Spanish and entertained many dignitaries due to her husband’s position with the Organization of American States. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lea Valentine; her sisters, Penny Valentine and Connie Gutierrez. She is survived by her husband, José Carlos; two daughters, Linda Kinsman and her husband, Bill, of Williamsburg, Trisha Conley and her husband, Todd, of Fredericksburg; grandchildren, Adam Kinsman and his wife, Laura, of Williamsburg, Justin Marney of San Francisco, CA, Tyler and Samuel Marney, of Fredericksburg; and her two great-grandchildren, Kendall and Kara. The family would like to thank those at Hospice House for the care and support they gave to the family and to Nurturing Hearts for the loving care they gave during her battle with Alzheimer’s. A funeral Mass will take place at St. Bede’s Roman Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188, on Thursday, August 13, beginning at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001 or Hospice House and Support Care, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy., Williamsburg, VA 23188. Online condolences may be shared with the family at


  • Funeral Mass Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ethel Marie Valentine Ruiz

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August 27, 2015

As a member of the Joy Ministry of St. Bede Church in Williamsburg, VA, I and several others prayed with Miss.Ethel and brought her Communion. She was an elegant, beautiful woman and I miss her. It was difficult for the family and those who knew her to see her fade away .

Cindy Uhl

August 11, 2015

Your mother was a lovely woman, Linda. I'm glad I was able to get to know her a little bit.My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Alice Hazelwood

August 11, 2015

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Alice Hazelwood

T Griffin

August 11, 2015

So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

Susan Fournier

August 10, 2015

My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family at this sad time. What a long road......

Genette Slemp

August 10, 2015

From my family to yours, we are so sorry for your loss. If there is anything you need, let us know.

Mike, Genette & Hunter Slemp