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Sister Rosa Ruiz, age 85, a Sister of Divine Providence, entered eternal life on July 27, 2014. She was one of seven children born to Andres Ruiz and Eumelia Roybal Ruiz. Sister Rosa was born August 3, 1928, and grew up in Lower Colonias, New Mexico. She answered God's call to become a Sister and made her first profession as a Sister of Divine Providence at 20 years of age. Sister was given the religious name of Mary Elvira and began her ministry life as a teacher in St. Francis School, Echo, Louisiana in 1949. Sister Rosa often marveled at how God's PROVIDENCE brought her to Our Lady of the Lake Convent. She never attended a Catholic school, had no concept of a convent nor had any extended exposure to women religious. All it took was one visit to her village by a Sister and she knew she wanted to be like her. Upon enrolling in a public high school in nearby Santa Fe, it was suggested she join the Sisters from nearby Pecos who had recently taken three girls to the Convent in San Antonio. Upon arriving at Our Lady of the Lake Convent she was delighted to meet the Sisters from Pecos. Unfortunately, the Sisters she had met in Pecos were soon sent on mission and she found herself amongst Sisters with whom she had no ties. Although her decision to stay seemed difficult, she persevered. She spent her entire 52 years of ministry in education. She taught kindergarten through 2nd grades in Catholic and public schools in San Antonio, Laredo, San Diego, El Paso, Pilot Point, Olfen, Fayetteville, New Braunfels and D'Hanis in Texas. She also taught in Las Cruces, New Mexico and religion to public school children in the summer and participated in international ministry in Guatemala and México. Upon completing this mission, she returned to the kindergarten classroom for four years in Lawton, Oklahoma and returned to Our Lady of the Lake Convent to retire in 2002. Sister Rosa's most prominent student, US Representative Charlie Gonzalez, gifted her with a "United States House of Representatives" throw in 2005. She taught him in the first grade in San Fernando School, San Antonio, TX. Some of her most treasured memories include her summers in San Antonio and the chance to visit other Sisters of Divine Providence. She also treasured weekend getaways while serving in New Mexico to spend time with Sisters serving in Las Cruces and Ruidoso. Sister Rosa will remain as an example to all of how rewarding one's trust in Providence is. She is survived by her siblings (and their spouses): Albina Quintana, Arcenio Ruiz (Sally), Carmen Baca, Ruben Ruiz (Stella) and Benny Ruiz (Margaret) and all her other Sisters of Divine Providence. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents Eumelia Roybal Ruiz and Andres Ruiz, baby sister, Dolores Ruiz, brothers-in-law, Joe Quintana and Alfred Baca. The Rosary will be recited Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. and the Wake will be at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection will be offered Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. All services will be in Annunciation Chapel at Our Lady of the Lake Convent Center. In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a memorial contribution to the Sisters of Divine Providence, 515 S.W. 24th Street, San Antonio, TX 78207-4619. Arrangements by:

Published in Express-News on July 30, 2014
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