Maria Flora Rosie Diaz Ruiz

November 7, 1925 - February 15, 2013
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Maria Flora (Rosie) Diaz Ruiz, adored wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, surrounded by her family, went peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus on February 15, 2013. Born November 7, 1925 in Houston, Texas, “Rosie” as her late parents, Senobio and Cecelia Diaz, liked to call her, was one of 12 children. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Saginaw, Michigan. Years later, Rosie caught the eye of a very persistent Roberto Ruiz. Dad always referred to our mom as his “beauty.” The two were married in 1952 and lived in Pontiac, MI until relocating to Galveston, Texas in 1959.

Rosie devoted her life to honoring Jesus and taking care of her family. Rosie was not your ordinary housewife. She gave birth to two sets of twins in October, 1953 and October, 1954. Four more children soon followed. With eight children, her home was always immaculately clean and the door to her home was always open to relatives and friends. If you asked anyone who knew her, they would tell you about her fabulous cooking. From the front steps of her porch, you would begin to salivate in anticipation of what you would soon taste. The Ruiz household was filled with so much love and babies! She was an incredibly strong woman and her patience was immeasurable. Her gentle touch and smile always brought comfort to many. Nothing brought our Mother more joy than the day she became a grandmother and, when she was no longer able to hold her great grand babies, the sight of them would make her eyes light up.

Rosie loved traveling with her sister Della and brother-in-law Jack, returning home with wonderful stories about their adventures. She especially loved returning to Saginaw, MI for the Diaz Family Reunions. One of her all time favorite places to go was The Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle National Shrine. Rosie spent countless hours as a volunteer cooking at Queen of Peace Church as a Guadalupana.

We rejoice in the reunion of our Mom and Dad and look forward to our own reunion with them one day. Rosie is preceded in death by her husband, Roberto Ruiz; her parents, Senobio and Cecelia Rosales Diaz; sisters, Carmen Diaz Stricker, Orozco Diaz Cruz; and brothers, Steve Diaz, Joe Diaz, and Fred Diaz.

Rosie is survived by her eight children: Ricardo Ruiz and Cindy, Ana Ruiz Garza and Robert, Robert J. Ruiz and Margie, Mario Ruiz and Joann, Arturo Ruiz and Liz, Yolanda Ruiz Medina and Raymond, Rosalie Ruiz Gonzales and David, and Delores Ruiz Garcia and Andy. She leaves behind 22 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her beloved sisters, Della Diaz Chantaca, Dora Diaz Medel, Lola Diaz Colmus, and brother, Ralph Diaz, numerous nieces and nephews and very special friends, Jose (Pepe) Valdez and Yolanda Valdez.

Rosie’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 19th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will begin at 6:00 pm.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, February 20th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father John Paul Flajole, OFM, as Celebrant. Burial will follow the service at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Ricky Ruiz, Jr., Eric Garza, Jason Ruiz, Adrian Ruiz, Raymond Medina, Andrew Garcia, Mario Ruiz, Jr. and great grandson, Jose Tovar III.

We would like to thank our sister, Rosalie Gonzales, for all the loving care given to mom. A special thanks to Ernestina Espinoza, for visiting and bringing our mother Holy Communion. Thank you to Rose Gonzales and to the Hospice Care Team in Texas City, TX for caring for our Mother.

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Born: November 7, 1925
Died: February 15, 2013

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Christina Medina Lara'Chrissy' posted on 11/30/-1

My Grandma. For all the things Ive never said. For all the questions Ive never asked.You mean so much to me as a woman.Your love has been permanately and forever stored in my heart. I will never forget the countlees hours watching golden girls with you. You making me a bean taco everymorning after finishing your morning prayers. Ive never lost someone who was so dearest to my heart.. My heart is in sarrow wondering what to say or feel next. I honestly still cant except that your not here anymore. All the love you have given me over 18 years will never be forgotten.. You are forever here held so gently in my heart.I promise I will nevere never let you go. With all my love


Stephanie Clemons posted on 11/30/-1

My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother in law. My prayers are with you Cindy and your family. May the peace that surpasses all understanding richly guard your heart during this time.


David Kusnerik posted on 11/30/-1

My sympathy and prayers to the Ruiz family. Although it has been many years, I grew up around the corner from you in Galveston and remember your mother.


Sara Owen posted on 11/30/-1

My heartfelt condolences for the loss of one so loved and revered. May God bless and comfort you with the assurance that you will someday once again be in her glorious presence.


Camilla Medel-Mayer posted on 11/30/-1

Thinking of you all and sending lots of hugs. Mom is sad and heartbroken that she can not be there but wants you to know that she'll continue to pray for you all. She sends her love and hugs as well. Glenn, Camilla, & Dora


Betty Boone posted on 11/30/-1

To Mindy and Family, So sorry for your loss, your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this time.


Jesse Salinas & Family posted on 11/30/-1

Rick, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of sorrow.


Mona garza posted on 11/30/-1

Those of us who knew mrs Ruiz were truly blessed by her presence


isabel lopez posted on 11/30/-1

Our condolences go out to your family God Bless Yall.From the Ruiz family in Hitchcock, Texas


Toby King posted on 11/30/-1

Mario, My deepest condolences in the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Jim Enright posted on 11/30/-1

Heartfelt sorrow for the family.


Liz Perkins posted on 11/30/-1

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Liz Perkins


Robyn Booth (daughter of Theresa Stricker) posted on 11/30/-1

What a beautiful tribute to Great Tia Rosie. The love you share shines out through your words. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.


Janie Estrada posted on 11/30/-1

My condolences to Art & Liz and all the family members. I pray the Lord give you all the strength, peace, & comfort that only he can give. May God bless you all!


Theresa Soledad Medel posted on 11/30/-1

My daddy asked me to tell you that he wishes that he could be there, and that he loved his aunt rosie so much, he says to send his love to all the family and that he is thinking of you all. he wishes to express that he would have given anything to be able to take his momma dora to say her goodbyes to her sister, but with her not bein able to travel it was impossible. may god bless you all


Robbie Guarenlo posted on 11/30/-1

Very sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. The Guarnelo,Garcia, and Carr family.


Ralph and Sharon Diaz and Family posted on 11/30/-1

Feel the Love that my Tia Rosie gave to each and every one of us. She was a marvelous miracle to me. First of all, I could not understand how God could put such a big “Heart” into such a tiny woman, and secondly, no one could explain to me how one little woman could give birth to four babies in only one year. We all take comfort in the fact that all Tia Rosie’s kids are exactly like her . . . . . kind and loving. I look forward to my Eternal Reunion, with Tia, my Pops, and all those Loved Ones, who have passed. God Bless the Ruiz Familia.


Nora Torres posted on 11/30/-1

Rose, your Mom had a Big Heart, always friendly and she always welcomed me into her home. She will be greatly missed. My Sympathies to the family.