\Donna Lou Ruiz of Weirton, a gracious God Loving, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. She was 87 years old.
Donna was born in Paden City, WV, on March 1, 1934, one of three children born to Harold and Velma Trader Bowen.
While attending Weir High School, Donna worked at Penn Way Pharmacy in Weirton. While working at the pharmacy, she met Louis “Abe” Ruiz when he stopped in the pharmacy to purchase a pack of gum. It was love at first sight. Donna quit school and married Abe on September 15, 1951.
Three months later, Abe was shipped off to fight in the Korean War.
After Abe returned home, they started to raise their family. Donna and Abe were blessed with five children. Donna finished high school, graduated from West Liberty State College, and received her Master’s Degree from W.V.U., all while raising her family.
Abe was a master carpenter, and Donna taught home economics at Weir Middle School for 23 years.
They were blessed with 64 years of marriage when Abe passed away on July 12, 2015.
Donna was a charter member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Weirton, Three Score Seniors, AARP- Primetime, WV Association of Retired Employees, and the N.E.A.
In her free time, she enjoyed sewing, cooking, and spending time with her family.
In addition to her parents and husband, Donna was also preceded in death by her brother, Harold Leon Bowen, and her sister, Erma Birkhimer.
She will be remembered with love, gratitude, and admiration by her children, Kent “Chico” Ruiz, James Ruiz, John (Melissa) Ruiz, Kim (Gordon) Meador, and Lisa (David) Zanolli; grandchildren, Sean and Jared Meador, Matthew and Joel Zanolli, and Emily, Maura and Madison Ruiz; and two great- grandchildren, Isabella and Jaxon Meador.
Visitation will be 3-7 PM Friday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV.
Additional visitation will be held 10 AM until the time of her funeral at 11 AM Saturday at the funeral home.
Pastor Carol McKay will preside.
Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton, WV.
In lieu of food, flowers, and memorial gifts, contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church.
Donna’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Pepperberry Suites of the Fox’s Nursing Home for all the love and care they had for Donna over the last three years.
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