In Memoriam : Marina Ruiz

Marina M Ruiz - age: 85
(October 22, 1934 to September 29, 2020 )
Resident of Exeter, California

Visitation Information:
A Visitation will be held Monday, October 12, 2020 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm located at Evans Miller Guinn Exeter Chapel followed by a Rosary at 6:00 pm. A Graveside service will be held Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 10:00 am located at Exeter District Cemetery. The family request that mask are require for the visitation and services. Thank you in advance.

Marina Margarita (“Margie”) Ruiz passed away peacefully in her sleep early Tuesday morning, September 29, 2020. A longtime resident of Exeter, Margie was 85 years old and the proud mother of ten children, Robert, Jerry, Richard, Edward, Freddy, James, Margaret, Betty Jean, Jennifer and Albert, many of whom are college-educated, professionals and small business owners. Raising a large family while making time for each of her children (and the occasional grandchild), truly the work of a tireless magician, Margie happily fulfilled in her role as mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, homemaker, caregiver, friend, adviser and sometime disciplinarian, all with boundless energy, love, spirit and joy.

Margie was born on October 22, 1934, in San Bernardino, California, the sixth child born to her parents, Margarita Rivas and Jesus Briones, who emigrated to the United States from Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. Her mother Margarita loved music and song, often serenading Margie for hours on end, and so naturally Margie herself similarly enjoyed music especially the classic Spanish-language “Epoca de Oro” songs and singers from Mexico. Not content with just listening to music, however, Margie loved to dance and rarely missed an opportunity to hit the dance floor.

Living by the mantra, “If you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all,” Margie always greeted family and friends with her warm and engaging smile which inevitably led to memorable conversations frequently interrupted by the sound of her unmistakable laugh. Margie welcomed everyone to her home with open arms and a warm embrace along with something to eat or drink, and she never turned away anyone who asked for her help.

Margie was preceded in death by her ex-husband and father of her children, Robert F. Ruiz, and her daughter, Betty Jean. She is survived by her surviving nine children, 35 grandchildren and more than 30 great-grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020, from 2:00–6:00 p.m. at the Evans Miller Guinn Chapel, 425 North Kaweah Avenue, Exeter, California, and Rosary for Margie will immediately follow visitation. Burial and Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Exeter District Cemetery, 719 Avenue 288 (Marinette), Exeter, California. The family request that mask are require for the visitation and services. Thank you in advance. Condolences may be sent to the family at Services entrusted to Evans Miller Guinn Chapel.