BY CAROL HERRINGTON
Funeral services for Francisca Mata Ruiz, 86, of Palestine will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Rene Ramirez officiating. Burial will follow at Land of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.
Mrs. Ruiz died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Palestine Regional Medical Center.
She was born Jan. 3, 1925, in Matehuala, Mexico to Pedro and Augustina Varela Mata. She had lived here for 22 years and loved cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Ruiz was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delfino Ruiz in 1983; and a son, Baltazar Ruiz in 1998.
Survivors include sons, Antonio Ruiz, Arturo Ruiz, Fernando Ruiz, Delfino Ruiz Jr. and Gasper Ruiz; daughters, Sarah Rodriquez, Hortencia Pena, Gloria Vega, Elisa Ruiz, Elizabeth Gonzalez and Maria Balderas; sister, Soledad Mata; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A Rosary service was Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel and a visitation followed the rosary service.
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