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.