On January 5th, 2021 our loving Aunt, Ruth Torres, left her earthly home to join loved ones on the other side of the veil. She was warmly greeted in heaven by her parents; Rafael Alvarez Torres and Dolores Rivera Torres, her three brothers; Luis, Elias, Rey, sister Regina Chavez, and many other family members who preceded her in death.
Ruth was born on January 28, 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ruth was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and one of the first members of the Mexican Branch. She was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Mexico Mission in June 1946. She was a strong, loving, kind person who spent her life in the selfless service of others. She was the Aunt who remembered all the nieces and nephews on their birthdays, attended all the baptisms, mission farewells, bridal and baby showers and weddings. She was the best friend anyone could have and because of this trait she had many, many wonderful friends.
Ruth was the first female in her family to graduate from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in High School Education on August 27, 1949. Ruth obtained her Teaching Certificates in both Utah and California. She began her teaching career in Utah and retired in California after teaching more than 40 years.
Ruth enjoyed traveling. She traveled the world and saw many exotic and interesting countries. She loved all the cultures and traditions that each country offered. She also had great passion for the Arts; painting, sculpture, music and the art of bullfighting. She was an avid reader and instilled a love of books in many of her family members.
Ruth’s words of wisdom were “a sense of humor is the most essential tool in life.” What an example she was to all who had the privilege to know her!
Ruth is survived by her brother Carlos Torres, many cousins, nieces and nephews and lifelong friends.
Public viewing will be held on Thursday, January 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. and Friday, January 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Lake Hills Mortuary at 10055 South State St, Sandy UT 84070. Due to Covid, the Funeral Service Friday, January 15 at 11:00 a.m. is by invitation only. Family members and friends are invited to attend the graveside ceremony following the Funeral Service. Interment will be at the same location. Masks and appropriate social distancing are required to enter the mortuary and at the cemetery.
To celebrate Ruth’s legacy, in lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity or share an act of kindness with someone in need.
Following Salt Lake County’s mandate on facial coverings, face masks are required at all public gatherings. Social distancing will be enforced. For those unable to attend the services, Memorial Mortuaries and Cemeteries are offering a livestreaming of the funeral service on Zoom. Please see instructions below.
Streaming of Funeral or Memorial Services
Joining by computer
Go to zoom.us in any internet browser
Click “join meeting”
Enter the meeting id - 8012624631
A box will open saying “https://zoom.us wants to open this application”. Click “open zoom”
Click “Join with Computer Audio”
Click “Mute” in the bottom left hand corner so that your audio does not interrupt the funeral services.
Joining by phone or iPad
Download the Zoom app
Open the app and select “join a meeting”
Enter the meeting id - 8012624631
Select “join without video”
Select “Call using internet audio”
Select “mute” in the bottom left hand corner so that your audio does not interrupt the funeral services.
Life Story Info
Jun 11, 2014
Ruth and Maria Louisa with Luisa Merino and Rebeca Rivera Merino at Rebeca’s 100th b’ day party in Whittier, Ca.