Wendy Pike Ruiz, our beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and\r\nfriend to many, passed away in her home surrounded by family on January 4, 2020.\r\nShe bravely and courageously battled brain cancer for 14 years.\r\n\r\nAffectionately called “Tweety Bird” by family, Wendy was born June 14, 1959. She\r\nloved and enjoyed many passions of all kinds throughout her life. As a child, she\r\nloved reading and looked forward to the Bookmobile arrival. Wendy loved dancing\r\nand music, most notably the impeccable rhythms of Motown. She also revered and\r\ndrew great pleasure from nature including flowers, Utah’s mountains (like her\r\nfather), seashells and the ocean. And oh the seaboard’s lighthouses, how she\r\nwanted to visit each one! Wendy’s favorite season was Spring as it brought new life\r\nand color, and she particularly loved the celebration of Easter. She also had a very\r\nspecial place in her heart for dogs, especially her cherished Millie.\r\nTo know Wendy is to enjoy laughter. She was exceptionally witty, sharp as a tack,\r\nseveral steps ahead of the punch line, and possessed the driest and most wonderful\r\nsense of humor. Wendy had an uncanny ability to recall details from just about any\r\ngiven day or event, every phone number she dialed, and of course important dates\r\nsuch as birthdays and anniversaries. She was bright, smart, and worked incredibly\r\nhard both professionally and domestically. Her occupation was as a legal assistant,\r\nwhich she greatly enjoyed and at which she excelled. But Wendy’s favorite, most\r\nimportant role was as a mother and grandmother. Oh how she adored each of her\r\nchildren and grandchildren and took such pride in their every accomplishment, step\r\nand smile. Wendy was any family member’s loudest cheerleader! She so deeply\r\nloved her siblings and championed each of them enthusiastically. Wendy was kind,\r\ngenerous, loved unconditionally, and a blessing to all who had the pleasure of\r\nknowing her.\r\n\r\nOur beloved Wendy is survived by her four children: Tracee (Siolo) Toala, Eric Ruiz,\r\nTaylor Pike (Shane Southworth) and Tessa (Brennan) Snarr. Surviving\r\ngrandchildren are Seila, Christian, Mareena, Elliott and Cairo. Additional surviving\r\nfamily members are Wendy’s mother Lois (Royal) Stevens, 10 siblings and many\r\nnieces and nephews. Wendy is preceded in death by her brother, David, and father,\r\nFred Pike.\r\n\r\nAs a family we are forever indebted to Huntsman Cancer Institute and the\r\nexceptional care and dedication given by their Home Hospice and countless staff. In\r\nlieu of flowers, we ask that a donation to Huntsman Cancer Institute be considered.\r\n\r\nMemorial services for Wendy will be held as follows: Thursday, January 9, 2020\r\nViewing/visitation: 6:00-8:00 pm at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary: 4760 S. State Street,\r\nMurray, UT. Friday, January 10, 2020 Viewing/visitation: 11:00-11:45 am prior to funeral at 12 Noon at LDS Chapel: 755 E. Three Fountains Dr., Murray, UT. Interment will be held\r\nat Murray City Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.jenkins-soffe.com.