Evangelina Martinez Ruiz

October 19, 1926 - October 5, 2014
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Evangelina “Vangie” Martinez Ruiz, also referred to as “the boss” and “shorty” by her husband, passed away on October 5, 2014, surrounded by family at UTMB. She was 87 years old.

Evangelina was born in Pharr, TX on October 19, 1926. She was one of five children, and the fourth child of Juan C. and Victorina Benavides Martinez. She married Liborio C. Ruiz on July 26, 1957 and had five children. They met in the cafeteria line while she was in nursing school after being introduced by mutual friends.

Although most knew her as a caring and kind nurse, she spent the first part of her career as a professional photographer but changed careers after spending time volunteering and visiting an area hospital. This inspired her to change careers and enroll at the University of Texas Medical Branch where she graduated as a Registered Nurse. She was employed by Harlingen Hospital as head nurse before moving back to Galveston where she worked at St. Mary’s Hospital and UTMB. During her nursing career, she worked in MICU, CCU, OB/GYN and Postpartum but her favorite time was spent with newborns and new parents. She worked in nursing for more than 36 years before retiring in 1992.

She was a loving wife, doting mother and grandmother, caring daughter and sister as well as an amazing caregiver. She was a bit of a shopaholic, especially for family and was tough to follow when she was on a mission in the mall. She loved to laugh, savored vanilla ice cream and preferred the color red. She was a den mother for her boys and actively involved at her children’s schools. One of her favorite sayings was “que sera sera, what will be will be” which was what she often said about life. Beyond her own children, she was a “mother” to many of her children’s friends along with nieces and nephews, often waiting with open arms, solid advice and hugs and kisses. Guests never left her home hungry or empty handed.

Evangelina was preceded by death by her parents, Juan C and Victorina Benavides Martinez; siblings, Angelita “Gila” Rodriguez, Ramiro B. Martinez, twin sister Ernestina Ramirez and husband Dan, and Armandina Cisneros and husband Pete. Sadly, she is also preceded in death by two sons, Raymond Glenn and David John.

She is survived by her loving husband, Liborio; and children: Michael Ruiz and wife, Rene; Danny Ruiz and wife, Donna; and only daughter Christine Ruiz Hopkins, as well as grandchildren: Celina Ruiz and fiancé David Miranda, Robert Hernandez, Michaelann, Haley, Mason, and McKenna Ruiz; great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Xavier Koehler and Matthew Miranda; as well as extended family and numerous nieces and nephews.

Evangelina’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, October 7th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will begin at 6:30 pm, led by Deacon John Pistone.

Funeral Mass will be 1:00 pm, Wednesday, October 8th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Paul Chovanec as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The family would like to thank long-time caregivers and friends Sammy Ulanday, Septy Debelen and Renato Maceda who made her last years comfortable along with the nurses and staff at Gulf Health Care Center.

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Born: October 19, 1926
Died: October 5, 2014

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Vanessa DeSalvo posted on 11/30/-1

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. DeSalvo Family


Christina Ryan posted on 11/30/-1

May God be with you and your family during your healing


Lance Olshovsky posted on 11/30/-1

There can be no preparation for a loss, it comes like a strong and swift wind... Take comfort in knowing she is resting in the arms of our Lord & Savior. Please accept my deepest and heartfelt sympathies for you and your family.


Tere French posted on 11/30/-1

Wishing you love, peace, joy, understanding & acceptance of the loss of your loved one.


Jami Durham posted on 11/30/-1

Christine, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the bright light of your mother's memory bring peace to you and those you love.


Juanita & Tom Thiele posted on 11/30/-1

To My Aunt Vangie When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a wonderful treasure to always hold in your heart! You will be missed ! Love you


John Kirwin posted on 11/30/-1

On behalf of Msgr. Kirwin Knights of Columbus Council 787, I send our condolences to the family. We offer our prayers tonight at our regular meeting on her behalf. May the Lord look after her and her family.


Barb and Terry Mallory posted on 11/30/-1

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Christine! So sorry for your loss. Hang in there friend and hold tight to your memories! Love, Barb & Terry


Kathy Templeton posted on 11/30/-1

Christine - my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. HUGS!


Darin & Barbara Hilton posted on 11/30/-1

Evangelina was a wonderful friend and confidant to me. As I reminiscence about her , my heart feels heavy. I loved to visit with this hip and smart woman. As small framed as she was she was a big influence on my life. As she sponsored me for my confirmation, she guided me spiritually . I will always be fulfilled by this. Her big heart was open and full of love and zest for life . She mentioned to me on many occasions how she loved her husband dearly even through all the ups and downs. I witnessed her being the best mom to her children and loving them unconditionally. I never saw her complain or judge . She was a real angel. I know that she did not cook much but I never tasted a better mole sauce, and I still make her sugar cookie recipe every Christmas. I just want you to know that I remember her and loved her too. Barbara


Belinda Sandoval posted on 11/30/-1

George and I send prayers to the family for the loss of this wonderful woman.