Yolanda Ruiz, age 64, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, July 17, 2016, with family members by her side. She was the wife of David Ruiz, and they were married 46 years. Yolanda will be referred to as "Mom" throughout this post, even Dad called her "Mom" because she would put Dad in his place whenever he crossed the line. Dad might have held the bank but mom ruled the roost. Mom was born in Los Angeles, CA, to Louis Govea and Molly Elias Govea, and they moved to the Easton, CA area. Mom attended school at Washington Union High School and met Dad there, they later married and settled in Caruthers, CA. Mom was a homemaker and ran a tight ship, the house was always clean and heaven forbid if you did not fix your bed or take off your shoes when entering the house. Mom was always busy, helping others gave her purpose and brought her much joy. Mom was an exemplary Christian, she would often put others before herself. Before she became ill, Mom volunteered at Hinds Hospice; she would often tell us about the people she visited with and made them crafts to bring them cheer and brighten their rooms. Mom truly adored life and her nine grandchildren, and she knew how to spoil those kids. She loved cooking, baking and was an excellent scrapbooker; her books were filled with music recitals, dance recitals, athletic events and vacations. Family vacations were Mom's favorite and the Hawaiian Islands was a special place dear to her heart. Mom loved having us all together. Mom really enjoyed RVing at Morro Bay and throughout the eastern Sierras with Dad. Mom had an adventurous spirit and would go hiking and horseback riding every chance she could. Mom was very artistic and her creativity shined through all of her projects, especially her sewing projects. Mom made countless clothes and costumes for her children, grandchildren and most of their dolls. Mom really loved gardening and would often get up before the sun to beat the heat and attempt to cheat the water meter to no avail. Mom's precious plants and garden flourished year round. Mom also enjoyed ceramic arts, flower arranging and visiting the crafts section at the Fresno Fair to see what types of projects other people were doing. Mom was full of life, love, kindness and patience. She was taken from us too soon and her gentle spirit will be missed. Mom was preceded in death by her mother, Molly Elias Govea; and her beloved Welsh Corgi Zoe. Mom is survived by her husband, David Ruiz, her father and step-mother, Louis and Mercedes Govea; her brother, Abel Govea; her four children, Christine Ortega, Christopher Ruiz, Deanna Ruiz and Jonathan Ruiz; her nine grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. If I left anyone out I'm sorry. On behalf of our Mom, a big thank you to family doctor, Dr. Marguerite Smith, Surgical Specialist; Dr. Mark Cunningham, Oncologist; Dr. Dina Ibrahim, ER doctor; Dr. Brent Castle; all of the fantastic nurses at Clovis Community Medical Center; and Acera Care Hospice for the attention and caring treatment of our Mom. A thank you to Christine, Letty, Andrea and Mai, and to all of our wonder neighbors, friends, coworkers and family for the visits, prayers and food, we cannot thank you enough. Visitation and a scripture reading will be held at Yost and Webb Funeral Home on Monday, July 25, 2016, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Graveside Service will be held at Washington Colony Cemetery on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Hemophilia Foundation at hemophilia.org, on behalf of one of her grandchildren.