Martina Ruiz, age 89, of Orlando, Florida passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
Martina Arce was born on January 30, 1930 (nine years before her all-time favorite movie GONE WITH THE WIND debuted) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, one of six children born to Josefa “Pita” and José “Nene.”
Better known to everyone as Ana, her reserved nature, beauty, and elegance made her seem a bit mysterious. Her hair and makeup just so, a fashionable purse, and a touch of animal print, and she was good-to-go.
She came to New York in 1946 and married the man of her dreams, Agustín Ruíz, in 1947. She devoted her life to raising her daughter and son, Annie and Joe. A sweet grandmother ‘Wella’ to Arlene, Johnny, Denise, François, Cathy, Jackie, and Andrea. A great-grandma to Chelsea, Kyana, Devontae, Angel, Francoise, Jaylen, Clemente, Virginie, Evan, and Zachary. A great-great grandma to Lailanee and Santino. She welcomed in-laws as loved ones. Esmeralda and Carmita were like her sisters, Papo regarded her as a second mom, and Judy and Yvette were like a daughter and granddaughter.
Ana and Agustin hosted legendary parties at their home on Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn. How many people can fit into a two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn? They probably broke records. The food was delicious, the drinks plentiful, and the music loud.
After moving to Florida, life was quieter, but still rich with friends and neighbors who became extended family-Olga & Ulises, Ana Torres, Cindy & Terry, Maria & Mima, Anabel, Mari, Nanda & Genio, Nilda, Mickey, Enrique & Josefina, and Irma & Rey who they met at the airport when they first arrived in Orlando and who also happened to be coming from Brooklyn!
Friends and family flocked to their home in Orlando for the company and Ana’s culinary skills. Her dishes were legendary: pastelillos from scratch, lasagna, pasteles, arroz con dulce-all served with humility.
In her final moments, she blessed most people with numerous “Te amo” said with all of her diminishing might, but she didn’t wait for her deathbed to express her love. Her whole life, her daily actions, were dedicated to love of family and friends.
Visitation is Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Newcomer Funeral Home - East Orlando Chapel, 895 S. Goldenrod Rd, Orlando, FL 32822.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Newcomer Funeral Home - East Orlando Chapel, 895 S. Goldenrod Rd, Orlando, FL 32822, with Chaplain Daisy Santiago, officiating.
Burial will follow the funeral service at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Orlando, FL.
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