In Loving Memory of
Playwright George Bernard Shaw noted: "A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out." Amos Ruiz was a true gentleman. Especially in the case of his beloved wife and daughterâ€"who thought of him as a real Prince Charmingâ€"Amos worked endlessly to make sure that the people around him felt cherished and respected. He died peacefully on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at age 87 with his wife and daughter holding his hands. A lifelong Bryan resident, Amos was born March 31, 1928, to parents Tiburcio Ruiz and Esperanza Aguilera Ruiz (a worker for the railroad and City of Bryan, and a homemaker, respectively).He had eight siblings: Felix, Louis, Joe, Manuel, Emma (all deceased), Daniel, Tony Sr. and Johnny. Friendly and always smiling, Amos was an avid sports fan, baseball player and Boy Scout. Since the Ruiz family lived on Sims Avenue, Amos spent his teen years regularly walking to Kyle Field with his buddies to watch his favorite Aggies play football. Additionally, he loved to dance and also worked at a bowling alley as a younger man. Although he would have graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School, a broken leg interrupted his senior year, and he was unable to return to his studies.
Instead, Amos went to work in 1955 as the Brazos Valleyâ€™s own "Typewriter Man," servicing and repairing typewriters and calculators. Eventually, Amos moved into business machine sales (for a total of six different companies) and retired after 38 years. In the early-1990s, he also served as bailiff at the Brazos County Courthouse for Judge Tom McDonald. Luckily, Amos took dancing as seriously as he took his career choices, and he met Mary Tamez while she was celebrating her birthday, dancing with friends at the American Legion Hall in Rockdale. He won her over with his kindness and gentlemanly manners, and the couple was married September 5, 1971 at St. Monicaâ€™s Catholic Church in Cameron. Three year later, they became the parents of daughter Monica Ruiz Lerma (and son-in-law Alex). From the beginning, Amos was determined to pour his love and affection into his relationships with these two important women in his life. He and Mary were married 44 yearsâ€"he called her "Sweetie" while she called him "Sugar." He also referred to Monica as "mi hijita" â€" Spanish for "my little girl". Amos never missed the opportunity to open the door for or help his wife with her coat, to assist her with her chair at a table or otherwise treat her like a queen. Over the years, he made sure to keep in touch with all of his familyâ€™s friends and always worked to make them feel valued; he thoughtfully chose every greeting and birthday card for each person who would receive it, of which there were many.
Strong in his Catholic faith, Amos took his family to church each week at Santa Teresa, where he also served as an usher. He volunteered as a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Board and as a Traffic Director on CCD nights, all of which helped him develop warm friendships with various priests who served the Bryan/College Station Community. Amos also served with the Easter Seals Board of Brazos County, and the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Board. He took great pride in participating with The Amigos Club of Bryan/College Station. Each year, he looked forward to attending the annual Spanish Fireman Training School, where he helped with hospitality and translating.
In his leisure time, Amos was a devoted fan of the Texas Aggies, Bryan Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Astros. Each year, he was present at Aggie Autograph Day and Aggie Bonfire; he always involved his daughter in these events, often sporting an Aggie tie and an "Aggie Dad" lapel pin. As a proud Aggie Dad, Amos, together with Mary, welcomed countless students into their home, serving as adopted parents to offer a home-cooked meal and encouragement. While having a day out or simply celebrating with family and friends, Amos enjoyed indulging his sweet tooth, relishing apple pie and Blue Bell ice cream, especially butter pecan. His favorite meals ranged from breakfast at Cracker Barrel to chicken fried steak at Ken Martinâ€™s Steak House. For twenty years, he and his wife met with their tightly-knit group of "Hamburger Bunch" friends every Monday at What-A-Burger in the Tejas Center, where they loved to share a good meal and good conversation.
Remembering Amos now are his many friends and family, especially his loving and devoted wife Mary, daughter Monica and son-in-law Alex Lerma of College Station and his brothers: Daniel Ruiz, Tony Ruiz, Johnny Ruiz (Lupe), all of Bryan. Amos will also be missed by his brothers-in law and sisters-in-law: Margaret and Thomas Lopez of Rockdale, Esperanza and Henry Moreno of Round Rock, Alice Waneck of Cameron, as well as Jim and Cathy Tamez of Garland. In addition, Amos was a beloved uncle to numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was also adored by his honorary grandchildren: Rick Anthony and Michael Garcia of Bryan, Cristina Caballero of Dallas, and Elise, Alec & Blaise Ohnheiser of Conroe.
Friends and family of Amos Ruiz are welcome to attend a visitation from 5-8pm on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan, including a Rosary service (6:30pm) with memory sharing and a Life Celebration to follow. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be held at 10am on Monday, February 29, 2016, at Santa Teresa Catholic Church in Bryan, with interment to follow at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
The Ruiz family would like to express their appreciation and thanks to the doctors and nurses at Scott & White Hospital in College Station, especially the ER, ICU, IMCU, Pulmonary & Cardiology departments; the staff of Traditions Home Health Care; the staff and volunteers of Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility. Donations can be made in Amosâ€™ name to Hospice Brazos Valley.
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