Rachel Rufina Ruelas

Rachel Rufina Ruelas

September 10, 1946 - December 09, 2021

Rachel Rufina Ruelas

September 10, 1946 - December 09, 2021


Rachel Ruelas was granted her angel wings on December 9, 2021 at the age of 75.

She was born September 10, 1946, in Silver City, New Mexico to Larry and Martha Dominguez.  Rachel moved to Azusa, CA when she was in middle school with her family.  After graduating junior college, Rachel met and married the love of her life, John C. Ruelas Jr., and planned a “wedding of the century” with over 800 people in attendance.

She devoted much of her time and energy to her family and friends including her mother until she passed away at 78. For Rachel, being a mom was her greatest joy.  When her son played baseball, she served as the little league president.  She never missed an event.  Up until her death, anyone who got behind her in traffic would see her license plate “JCs Mom”.

Once J.C. went off to college, she began her career- retiring as an Executive Assistant for the Irvine Company after 20+ years.

Annually, Rachel spent time at her families’ remote New Mexico ranch where she essentially “unplugged” and enjoyed the tranquility and simplicity of the wilderness with family- and over 60 miles from the closest town.

Rachel loved travel and road trips- particularly if they included stopping at a casino or two along the way.  She was an amazing cook sourcing rare chili peppers for her signature dishes.   She enjoyed decades of Knights of Columbus events throughout the states, and she was a huge Angel fan- attending the Spring training in Arizona annually.

Rachel was one of the founding members of the Santiago de Compostela Church which she attended for over 40 years, and she worked with various charities and organizations including The Knights of Columbus.

Rachel is survived by her husband, John C. Ruelas Jr., two sisters, Irene Sullivan and Katherine Miranda, a brother, Roque Dominguez and her father, Larry Dominguez, two grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Dominguez, and her son, John C. “JC” Ruelas, III.

A mass and Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, January 7, 2021 @10:00 AM at Santiago de Compostela Church.


Memorial Mass

  • Date & Time: January 07, 2022 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: Santiago De Compostela Catholic Church
  • Location: 21682 Lake Forest Dr. Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 951-8599

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11 responses to Rachel Rufina Ruelas

  1. I just read about this on social media. I am so shocked, my condolences to the Dominguez family. Rachel talked to me when my dad passed, made me feel good. RIP cousin.
    Medina Family

  2. Myrna Dillon says:

    We just learned of Rachel’s passing today. Always friendly and we shall miss seeing her. Sincere condolences to her family.
    Myrna Dillon and Griff Hill

  3. My heartfelt condolences to you John and family. I worked with Rachel at Western National & Irvine Company and will remember the fun we had. If there was ever a couple that loved each other and family, it was you and Rachel. I am so thankful I was invited to see her last year for her birthday lunch with Angela. We had so much fun catching up and reminiscing about life. Rachel was truly one of a kind, strong, kind and loving woman. It brings me comfort knowing she’s in the arms of JC, who she missed so much. RIP dear friend and watch over John and your grand babies

  4. John, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Rachel & Sean Young when I was working for the Irvine Company but at the Western National building, they were both welcoming & I remember Rachel always taking the time to get to know someone & I always appreciated our chats, she loved her family & was very proud of all of you. She will be missed. Sending prayers & love to the family.

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