Maria Flora Diaz Ruiz

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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