We will remember Laura forever.

Memorial Service: Friday, 11/2/2018, at 2pm at W.E. Lusain Funeral Home, 629 Goldwire Way SW, Birmingham, AL 35211.

Laura Jean Ruiz, 61, passed away on October 27, 2018, surrounded by loving family, after a lengthy and courageously fought battle from an illness. Laura was born to Angel and Mary Hurtado on February 18, 1957 in Lorain, Ohio. 

Laura graduated from Lorain Catholic High School and formerly served as President of the Mexican Mutual Society in Lorain.  She began an over 30-year, dedicated career as a teacher for the Head Start Program at the Lorain County Community Action Agency.

In 2003, Laura moved to Center Point, Alabama.  She achieved a Degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Education as a graduate of Lawson State Community College. Laura continued her devotion for teaching children as a teacher for the Head Start Program at The Community Action Agency for Jefferson County.

Laura was strong-willed, a beautiful spirit, and always had a noticeable presence.  She livened the room with her sense of humor and had the ability to become everyone’s “Mom”.  Laura loved cooking, baking, the holidays, family traditions, and enjoyed playing Bingo.

Left to cherish her memory and continue her legacy are her devoted husband of 30 years, Efrain M. Ruiz Sr; Six children: Jennifer (Michael) Volpe, Lucia (Valente) Flores, Victoria Ruiz, Angel Ruiz, Efrain Jr (Alexandra) Ruiz and Benjamin (Ayana) Ruiz; Nine grandchildren: Aviana Ruiz, Joshua Flores, Jacob Flores, Angel Ruiz Jr, Isabella Volpe, Gabriel Ruiz, Luke Volpe, Efrain Ruiz III, and Adreunna Ruiz; Three sisters: Andrea Hurtado, Mary Hurtado, and Angela (Ricardo) Padron.

Laura has reunited with her parents, Angel and Mary Hurtado, in heaven. As a wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, teacher, friend, and confidant, Laura made the world a better place, one relationship at a time.  Thank you, Laura, for everything.

Posted by Callen King on 2nd November 2018
Mi famila , mi amigo , mi confidente, mi artista, my mentor, y ahora mi a'ngel celestial. Te amare por siempre mi amigo Kenthia Mccleod
Posted by Mary Sanchez on 2nd November 2018
My big sister Laura you are truly special I always wanted to be like you. My heart is broken since you left I know now your suffering is over I will miss our calls every week your voice ,laugh ,and your smile We truly had the greatest Sister you took good care of us and showed us many good things in life You went without saying goodbye but I know you never like goodbyes i love you dearly and I will often think of you if I had one more chance to be around you how I would never stop talking and laughing We had many good times on Denver Ave and at the Mexican Mutual and our cook outs You never be forgotten my dear Sister Laura I love you with all my heart
Posted by Andrea Hurtado on 1st November 2018
I don't know what to say, my heart is breaking not only for me, but for Jennifer, Lucia, Victoria, Angel, Efrain Jr., Benji. I will always remember the good times we had on Denver Ave. as kids, and going to bingo, but most of our phone calls every week, talking about the soap operas and chismando. But most of all hearing your voice and laugh. I love you Laura Jean and will miss my best friend so much. Love your sister Annie
Posted by Angela Hurtado Padron on 1st November 2018
My Dear Sister Where do I start...Words can’t describe how much you are going to be missed. Who are we without our big sister...There is another part of my heart that went up to heaven 10/27/18 I sit here & think of all the great memories of us 4 sisters growing up on Denver Ave...How responsible you were taking care of us when we were kids...How I always wanted to be with you when mommy went to bingo because you made me feel safe & when I would cry you would comfort me and say don’t cry mommy will be back....My heart is broke again
Posted by Stephanie Dalton on 31st October 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Laura's passing. I went to 8 years of grade school with her at Holy Trinity in Lorain, and also 4 years at Lorain Catholic High. Laura was always a gentle soul, never had a mean word to say about anyone. And she had an easy laugh and a genuine smile. While I lost touch after we grew up, I am truly sorry she is gone. All my love to her 3 sisters (Andy - you and my sister Andrea were in the same class) and her family. She is at peace in God's loving arms. Stephanie Ganobcsik Dalton
Posted by Rose Troia Volpe on 30th October 2018
We are so sorry for your loss, Jennifer! May she rest in peace. Love you guys, Uncle Bob, Aunt Rose, Christopher, Michelle, Christian, Cash & Luca!
Posted by Linda Calvillo on 30th October 2018
I will remember as a child how we all got together and all the cooking and great memories we had. God bless you in you journey going home to be with our families and our lord and his mother. Your cousin Linda Calvillo

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