VICTORIA, Texas - Ruth Lewis, 79, of Victoria, Texas, passed away on December 21, 2007 at her daughter's home in Agua Dulce. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 8, 1928. She received her nurses training at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Covington, Ky., and graduated with her bachelor's in nursing from College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. She attended Case Western Reserve where she earned her Master's Degree in Nursing. Ruth was a nursing instructor for more than 40 years and taught at various colleges including Incarnate Word College in San Antonio and Victoria College in Victoria, Texas. She retired in 1995 to spend time with her grandchildren whom she loved dearly. She was a devout Catholic and a long-time member of Our Lady Victory Cathedral in Victoria, Texas. In 1996, she received the distinguished honor of Who's Who Among Americas Teachers. Ruth served in the United States Army as a Major and married her husband, Donald Lewis while in the military. He preceded her in death in August of 2005. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Father Raymar Middendorf.
She is survived by her only child, Christy Haigood, her son-in-law, Pat Haigood and her two beloved grandchildren, Megan and Zachary Haigood, all of Agua Dulce, Texas; two sisters, Sr. Mary Middendorf of Louisville, Ky., and Martha Haas of Mason, Ohio; her brother, Thomas Middendorf of Cincinnati, Ohio and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 7 pm. Thursday, December 27, 2007 at Rosewood Funeral Chapel in Victoria. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, December 28, 2007 at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral with Father David Berger officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vista Care Hospice, 4320 South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas or Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust, Victoria, Texas.
Arrangements entrusted to Rosewood Funeral Chapels, Victoria, Texas.
ALICE, Texas - Nestor Ramirez, Jr. 72, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2007 after a sudden illness at a Corpus Christi hospital. He was a long time resident of Alice, Texas. He enjoyed ranching and enjoyed his being with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nestor Sr. and Cecilia Ramirez; and his sister, Zoila Bazan.
Survivors include his wife, Raquel Ramirez of Alice, Texas; his sons, Humberto (Melissa) Ramirez and Daniel Ramirez, both of Alice; his daughters, Belia (Albert) Lopez and Belinda Ramirez, both of Alice; his sisters, Ramona Saenz of Alice, Texas, and Esperanza DeLa Torre and Tomasita Vidal, both of San Diego, Texas; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2007 at Garza Funeral Home in San Diego, Texas, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2007 at St. Francis De Paula Catholic Church in San Diego, Texas. Burial will follow at the Ramirez Cemetery at Guajillo Ranch.
Arrangements entrusted to Garza Funeral Home of San Diego.