Rita (Trujillo) Ruiz

August 29, 1928 ~ November 15, 2019 (age 91)


     The Mass of the Resurrection for Rita Trujillo Ruiz, 91, of Portales, will be celebrated at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at St Helen Catholic Church with Fr. Francisco Carbajal officiating.  Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with Scotty Trujillo, Henry Ruiz, II, Andrew Urias, Christopher Urias, Justin Ruiz and Sam Ruiz serving as pallbearers.  The Catholic Daughters of the Americas and all of her loving and devoted family will be honorary pallbearers.  The Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

      Rita Trujillo Ruiz also known as "Grandma Rita" was born on August 29, 1928, in Palma, New Mexico to the home of Maria (Salazar) and Abel Trujillo and died on November 15, 2019 in Portales.

      Rita married Jenaro "Jerry" Ruiz on February 4, 1952 in Portales  She enjoyed travelling with Jerry and the community boxing team.  She was an active and faithful member of St. Helen Catholic Church.  She was head of the bereavement there and also ran the kitchen.  She was a Charter Member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  Rita loved to cook and bake and was well known for her red chili.  She enjoyed watching baseball and working the concession stand.  She really loved to watch all of her grandkids play sports.  Rita will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

    Rita is survived by two sons, Henry Ruiz of Portales and Jack Ruiz of Portales; a daughter, Percingula "Perci" Urias and husband Efren of Portales; ten grandchildren, Henry J. Ruiz II and wife Amy, Heaven Salas and husband Nathan, Jason Urias and wife Sarah, Christopher Urias and wife Mari, Abe Urias and wife Brandi, Andrew Urias and wife Donna, Jeremy Ruiz and wife Sarah, Justin Ruiz and wife Heather, Joel Ruiz and wife Jennifer and Sam Ruiz and wife Emily; 25 great grandchildren; three brothers, Pete Trujillo and wife Amelia, Armando Trujillo and wife Diane and Leon Trujillo and wife Linda; a sister, Florentina Trujillo; a niece, Leonor Alvarado, and numerous nieces and nephews.

      She was preceded in death by her husband Jenaro "Jerry" Ruiz, her parents, a grandson Mario Hector Ruiz, a great granddaughter Aspen Salazar, brothers George and Abelito Trujillo, sisters Sandra Salguero, Elodia Trujillo and Estella Trujillo and brother-in-law Antonio Salguero.

      Arrangements by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales, Inc., 575-356-4455,


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November 19, 2019

7:00 PM
St Helen Catholic Church (Portales)

Mass of the Resurrection
November 20, 2019

10:00 AM
St Helen Catholic Church (Portales)

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