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Roxanna Diane Ruiz-Felter

April 13, 1976 - November 14, 2012
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Roxanna Ruiz-Felter was born on April 13, 1976 to Demetrio and Sylvia Ruiz in San Antonio, Texas. She passed from this life to join our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven on November 14, 2012 at 4:50 AM, after a courageous battle with metastatic liposarcoma. She is survived by her husband Daniel Felter and daughter Eliana; her mother and father, Sylvia and Demetrio Ruiz; her brothers Robert Ruiz and his wife Patricia Ruiz, Rene Ruiz, and Ricardo Ruiz and his wife Maureen Ruiz; nephew Andrew Ruiz; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws. Roxanna grew up in San Antonio, attending St. Martin Hall and St Luke for elementary school...
Roxanna Ruiz-Felter was born on April 13, 1976 to Demetrio and Sylvia Ruiz in San Antonio, Texas. She passed from this life to join our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven on November 14, 2012 at 4:50 AM, after a courageous battle with metastatic liposarcoma. She is survived by her husband Daniel Felter and daughter Eliana; her mother and father, Sylvia and Demetrio Ruiz; her brothers Robert Ruiz and his wife Patricia Ruiz, Rene Ruiz, and Ricardo Ruiz and his wife Maureen Ruiz; nephew Andrew Ruiz; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws. Roxanna grew up in San Antonio, attending St. Martin Hall and St Luke for elementary school and Incarnate Word High School. Roxanna received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University in May 1998 and then attended The University of Texas at Austin where she obtained a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in August 2002. On May 18, 2002, she was married to Daniel Felter, and moved to Dallas, Texas when Daniel's medical training took him to Baylor University Medical Center. Roxanna then began her career as a bilingual Speech Language Pathologist for the Richardson Independent School District. During her time at RISD she ardently fought for what was right and just with regards to the bilingual school age population. She worked tirelessly to seek out and correct any injustices that might lead to the detriment of a child. This fervent desire to do what was right lead her to Co-Chair the CLD task force for the Texas Speech and Hearing Association, which was tasked with the job of developing an Eligibility Manual for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students. When complete, this manual will be used statewide as a template for all school districts. This work created a deep desire within her to return to school in pursuit of a Ph.D in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Thus, in the summer of 2008 Roxanna and Daniel moved to Austin, Texas, where she re-enrolled at the University of Texas as a doctoral candidate. In two years she finished all of the required coursework for graduation. The couple moved back to Dallas during the summer of 2010 and Roxanna continued on in pursuit of her goal, to finish her remaining projects and eventually her dissertation from Dallas. Roxanna was well on her way when she and Daniel were blessed with the news that she was pregnant with their first child. Eliana Marie Felter was born on January 11, 2012. Roxanna and Daniel enjoyed 43 days of pure happiness as all of their dreams had come true. On February 22, 2012, this happiness turned to great fear and sadness as Roxanna was hospitalized and eventually diagnosed with metastatic dedifferentiated liposarcoma. Roxanna, while terrified of the possible eventual outcome of this disease, fought this cancer with such an amazing amount of strength and grace that all those who witnessed this fight were touched in ways too numerous to count. Even during the darkest moments her smile still shined bright for those who cared for her. This smile was the same smile she always had to offer. Whether it was a stranger in the grocery store, an old friend from years gone by, or her loving husband and family members. Her smile was always the same regardless of circumstance, bright and beautiful.

"Remembering a sweet, compassionate, brilliant friend today and always. You will always be missed Roxanna. Dr. Cristina Ramos Dastgiri (NC)"

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Ruiz-Felter, Roxanna Diane Age 36, of Dallas, TX, died on November 14, 2012. Please visit teddickeywestfuneral.com for service information.

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