Ruth C. Wagner

November 20, 1965 ~ January 11, 2023

Ruth C. Wagner

Ruth C. Wagner, 57, of Elk Grove, CA passed away surrounded by her family and close friends on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 after a short battle with cancer.


Ruth was born in Chicago, IL on November 20, 1965 to her parents Ramiro and Olivia Martinez. Ruth was the pillar of her family and was the one who always planned family get togethers, often in her home. Ruth was a wonderful cook and had many interests which included gardening, scrapbooking, camping, traveling, music, wineries, but most of all, spending time with those she loved.


Ruth started working at the age of 16 at Three Sisters. Shortly after her high school graduation in 1983, Ruth moved with her parents and siblings to California. Once in California, Ruth enrolled in community college and began working at Montgomery Wards, where she worked for a short time. Ruth later found employment at Florin Road Nissan and where she met her husband, Michael R. Wagner in 1985. Shortly after receiving her degree in accounting from Sacramento State University in 1989, Ruth started her career with the state of California and remained in her career until her retirement in December 2022.


Ruth and Michael married in 1989 at St. Mary’s Church and raised two daughters, Nicole and Veronica. Ruth was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend who will be profoundly missed by all who knew her. Ruth is survived by her husband of 33 years, Michael R. Wagner, her daughters Nicole R. Hollister (Esteban), and Veronica C. Wagner, her parents, Ramiro and Olivia Martinez, her brothers and sisters, Jose Luis Martinez (Carmen), Yolanda O. Welch (Patrick Scott), Miguel Martinez (Desirene) and Graciela Prado (Luis).


Ruth was also the proud aunt to Luis Martinez, Matthew and Ryan Welch, and Andrew and Lilliana Prado. She was also a fur mom to her beautiful fur babies Bandit and Ginger. Ruth will be greatly missed by everyone and she will never be forgotten.


Family and friends are invited to gather for a viewing and rosary on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 5pm-8pm at St. Mary’s Cemetery located at 6509 Fruitridge Rd. Sacramento CA 95820.


Holy mass will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 12pm at St. Mary’s Church located at

1333 58th St., Sacramento, CA 95819. Funeral immediately following at St. Mary Cemetery & Funeral Services.