Monday, May 20, 2013

Wilfrida Ruiz, 91, Died May 19

Wilfrida Ruiz, 91, died at her home in Berrien Springs on Sunday, May 19, 2013. She was the mother of Willyta Ruiz-Wamack, housing coordinator for University Towers, and Luz Ruiz, administrative assistant for the School of Architecture, Art & Design.

Wilfrida dedicated her life as an Adventist educator for 31 years in her native country of Peru. She was preceded in death by her husband Esteban Clodomiro Ruiz who died in 1975. She retired in 1981 and decided to move to the U.S. to join her two daughters in Texas. In 1989 she moved to Berrien Springs, following Willyta and Douglas  Wamack who were here to pursue their studies. While at AU, she was able to fulfill her longtime dream that was postponed when she had to take care of her husband after he became ill. In 1995, at age 73, she received her master's degree in Religious Education. Wilfrida slept in Jesus at her home with both daughters at her bedside. She will be surely missed.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 24, at Pioneer Memorial Church. There will be a visitation from 12-1 p.m., with a funeral service at 1 p.m. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery will follow. Online messages for the family may be left at The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Architecture Missions Group for Palpa School, c/o School of Architecture, Art & Design.

Please remember Willyta, Luz and their entire family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.



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