“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them (Revelation 14:13).”
Esteemed Bishops, Pastors and Apostolic Assembly Members,
¡Paz de Cristo!
On behalf of the General Board of Directors, I inform you all that our sister Ruth González has been called into the Lord’s presence yesterday Sunday January 10, 2016 at the age of ninety. Sister Ruth was a beloved and respected bishop’s wife, pastor’s wife and the third national president of the Dorcas Women’s Confederation. She is considered in our Apostolic Assembly to be part of the generation of pioneers.
Sister Ruth González was born January 2, 1926 in Santa Paula, California. Her parents were Ernesto and Julia Soto. Her grandmother and mother were reached with the Apostolic message when our first Apostolic congregations began organizing between 1910 and 1920. Her grandmother was a church member of Pioneer Francisco Llorente. Sister Ruth was born and raised at the beginning of our first and oldest Los Angeles church (originally organized in 1911-1912 by pioneers Juan Navarro and Genaro Valenzuela).
At the age of 13 she was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ by pioneer Pablo García Chávez, and a year later she would be filled with the Holy Spirit. She was involved in the organization of the Messengers of Peace in the forties and would go on to marry the first Messengers of Peace President, Minister Ernesto Cantú, when she was 22 years old.
Her husband Ernesto Cantú would serve the Apostolic Assembly as General Secretary, first Christian Education Secretary, District Bishop and Pastor. She was an ideal helper to him in the preparation and administration of the Apostolic Biblical Expositor and The Apostolic Herald.
Her work experience with the Messengers of Peace and collaborating with the Christian Education Department prepared her to aid in the organization of the Dorcas Women’s Confederation. She would serve on the first Dorcas national board as Sub Treasurer. Afterwards she would serve in many positions from Sector President, District President, and National Secretary. In 1976 she was elected National Dorcas President, and was the first Dorcas President born in the United States of America.
She faithfully served the last fifty years of her life in her local church, the Apostolic Assembly in Arlington, CA. She would marry a second time in 1987 to Pastor Ramón González and she shared with him twenty years of marriage until he was called into the Lord’s presence in 2008.
Sister Ruth González is survived by her children Edward Cantú, Steven Cantú, Richard Cantú, Daniel Cantú, Delilah Martínez, Diana Álvarez, Philip González, Raymond González, Andrew González, Anna Sánchez, Claudia Rojas, Christina Sepúlveda, 18 grandchildren, and 32 great grandchildren.
Funeral services are as follows:
Monday, January 18: 6:30 PM.
Fountain of Truth Apostolic Assembly
5401 Citrus Avenue, Fontana, CA 91764.
Tuesday, January 19: 10:00 AM.
Alpha & Omega Apostolic Assembly
5662 Crest Avenue, Riverside, CA 92503.
Graveside service to follow at:
11500 Arlington Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505.
We ask for your prayers on the family’s behalf: that the Lord’s Spirit would comfort them.
Fraternally in Christ Jesus