Rachel Anna Ruiz (aged 43) quietly passed away on April 27, 2021. She was the beloved daughter of Diane Armstrong and Douglas Colwell, sister to Andrew Colwell (Sarah Jane Colwell), stepsister to Matthew Wilson and Michael Wilson, aunt to James Colwell and Brock Colwell, and granddaughter of Bernard and Louise Armstrong (deceased) and Fred Colwell and Lorraine Colwell (deceased). She was niece to Barry Armstrong (Janette), Paul Armstrong (Tricia), William Armstrong (Janelle), Richard Colwell (Karen), Mary Jane Colwell and Robert Colwell (deceased). She has a loving extended family here in the United States, and in Australia.
Rachel was influenced by her early life in Australia as well as by her later schooling and frequent visits to see her family during her lifetime. She also spent a number of years in Hawaii, where she was married to Marcos Ruiz Lopez. Later, in Cleveland, she became a talented makeup artist, and counted many friends from that profession. Rachel wore her creativity with a style, a laugh, and a presence that made a statement in any room. Her signature humor and wit was as inescapable as a birthmark, and her soul was continuously evolving.
May our sweet young woman rest in peace. She will be in our hearts forever. The family will have a private memorial later in the year. To honor Rachel you can send a donation to your favorite animal shelter in her name.
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