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Alicia Ruiz

1948 - 2014 Obituary Condolences

August 7, 1948 - April 16, 2014

The world lost a beautiful soul and wonderful woman on Wednesday morning. Alicia lost her battle with cancer at the age of 65. She was born in San Antonio, Texas to Andres and Consuelo Alvarez. Alicia grew up in Texas then moved to Oregon in 1961. At the age of 13 she started working in the strawberry fields in St. Paul. That's where she eventually met her husband, Julian Ruiz Jr. He asked her out numerous times before she finally accepted. She came to realize that was one of the best decisions she made in her life.

They were married December 11th, 1965 and shared 48 wonderful years together. While living in St. Paul, they had two children, Olga Christine and Julian James. They moved to Salem in 1973 when Alicia got a job at Salem Hospital in Environmental Services. She worked there for 34 years before retiring. Alicia loved her trips to Spirit Mountain Casino where she would usually win. Julian would cash out her winnings and promptly loose them in his machine. She enjoyed watching the Portland Trail Blazers, Golf and any sports that she could find on TV, but most off all she loved watching her grandchildren's sporting events. Alicia and Julian loved to travel all over the country and into Mexico. She not only loved to cook for her friends and family, but she was hands down the best at it. The thing she cherished and loved the most was her family.

Alicia is preceded in death by her Mother, Father, and 3 brothers, Andres, Cristobal and Antonio. She is survived by her husband Julian Ruiz, her Daughter Olga Christine (Brad) Fryman, Son Julian James Ruiz (Amanda), Brothers Paul and Raymond Alvarez, Sisters Ester Espindola, Adelfa Martinez, Hope Alvarez, Teresa Lopez and 9 Grandchildren.

The family would also like to give a special "thank you" to the staff at Willamette Valley Hospice.

Viewing will be Monday, April 21st from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Rosary Services will be Monday, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Howell Edwards Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Home. Services will be at St. Edward Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 22nd at 10 am followed by a graveside service at Belcrest Memorial Park. A reception will be held after the Cemetery services at the church.
Published in StatesmanJournal from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2014
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