Blondell Mildred Ruiz was born on July 8, 1951, to Nelson Billups and Bertha Carter Billups in Tunica, Mississippi.
Blondell was a devoted mother to her three cherished sons, Terrance Billups, Antonio Roderick, and Abraham Nathan Ruiz. Her role as a mother and homemaker brought her immense joy, and she dedicated her life to providing love, care, and support to her children.
After her marriage to Thomas Roderick, they were blessed with their son Antonio Christopher Roderick. Although their union eventually ended, Blondell cherished the memories with the Roderick family.
Blondell's journey in love continued when she met Jesus (Jesse) Paul Ruiz. The couple eventually settled in San Diego, California, in 1980, where they built a life together. Sadly, their time was cut short when Jesse passed away on July 28, 1982, leaving Blondell to carry on their memories and legacy.
Blondell was known for her loving and generous nature. She had a heart full of compassion and kindness, which she extended to her family and friends. Her warm smile and tender words could instantly put anyone at ease, and she was always there to lend a listening ear or offer a helping hand.
She held a special place in her heart for her late brother, Roosevelt Billups, as well as her sisters, Lillie Mae Butler, Annie Lee Price, and Effie Bell Purdy-Smith, who have all preceded her in death. She leaves behind her living sisters, Rosie Tillman, Everlean Eckols-Seals, Martha McKinney, and Christine Morton, who will dearly miss their beloved sister and the special bond they shared.
Blondell peacefully passed away on Saturday, October the 14, 2023 She will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by her loving family and friends.
Blondell's legacy of love and kindness will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew her. Her unwavering love for her family and her compassionate nature will be remembered and cherished by all who were fortunate enough to have known her. Blondell Ruiz will be deeply missed and fondly remembered, especially by her roommate Patricia Dillinger, who she could always count on as a kind and protective presence in the hospital.
In this time of mourning, we find solace in the memories we shared with Blondell and the love she bestowed upon us. May her soul rest in eternal peace, and may her memory be a source of comfort and strength for us all.