In memoriam: Ventura Ruiz, co-owner of former Henri's restaurant in OCC
Graveside services are scheduled Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery.
She is survived by a son, Henry Joseph Jr.; a daughter, Carmen Grande; and two grandchildren. Her husband, Henry Ruiz, passed away in 1981.
Henri's operated from 1946 until 2006. In a 2007 interview with the Westside Pioneer, Carmen related that the Ruiz family ran the restaurant until
A restaurant reopened on that site in 2007, and the building has been extensively remodeled. Owned by Jorge Ayala, the original name of the current restaurant was Henri's by Jorge's, later shortened to Jorge's.
Although Henri's was named for her father, Carmen pointed out that the cook was actually her mother. Ventura's cooking background started with her mother Maria, who had legally immigrated to the United States with her then-10-year-old daughter in about 1920 after the Mexican Revolution.
During her early 20s, Ventura performed as a musician in Colorado Springs, singing Mexican folk songs while accompanying herself on guitar, Carmen said.
When she turned 100 in 2010, Ventura was asked what had contributed to her reaching that milestone. She replied, “having a good attitude on everything through life.”
To see the 2007 Westside Pioneer article on Henri's, go to this link.