Ethel Marie Valentine Ruiz, 88, world traveler who entertained many dignitaries in Venezuela

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Ethel Marie Valentine Ruiz
Ethel Marie Valentine Ruiz

Ethel Marie Valentine Ruiz, of Williamsburg, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at Hospice House of Williamsburg, surrounded by her family. She was 88.

Ethel was one of three girls born and raised in New Orleans. She was an avid music lover and guitar teacher.

She and her adoring husband of 67 years, José Carlos, were world travelers. She and her husband resided in various locations within the United States as well as Mexico City and Caracas, Venezuela where she became fluent in Spanish and entertained many dignitaries due to her husband’s position with the Organization of American States.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lea Valentine and sisters, Penny Valentine and Connie Gutierrez.

She is survived by her husband, José Carlos; daughters, Linda Kinsman and her husband Bill, of Williamsburg and Trisha Conley and her husband Todd, of Fredericksburg; grandchildren, Adam Kinsman and his wife Laura, of Williamsburg, Justin Marney, of San Francisco and Tyler and Samuel Marney, of Fredericksburg; and great-grandchildren, Kendall and Kara.

The family would like to thank those at Hospice House of Williamsburg for the care and support they gave to the family and to Nurturing Hearts for the loving care they gave during her battle with Alzheimer’s.

A funeral Mass will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at St. Bede’s Roman Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 or Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy., Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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