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Grieving students found solace in each other at Friday's remembrance memorial for Rita Ruiz, whom they said was like a mother to them. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

Park High School remembers Rita Ruiz


More than 500 students and School District 833 staff members celebrated the life of Rita Ruiz Friday in the Park High School gym. They looked at many family pictures of her, cried, hugged each other and shared memories of the popular staff member who was a hall monitor and greeter for more than 13 years.

Ruiz, 48, died suddenly on April 13 of complications from a blood clot.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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