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Mary (Maria) Ruela Batista, age 97 of Toms River, NJ died peacefully on March 27, 2019.

Mary was born on January 10, 1922 in Murtosa, Portugal to Felicidade  (Pereira) and Antonio Jose Ruela.  The family migrated to America in 1937.

Mary and her family resided in Carteret, NJ then moved to Newark, NJ in 1942   She continued to live in Newark until she moved to Toms River, NJ in 2012.

She enjoyed traveling, cooking and sewing for her friends and family, babysitting for her grandchildren, and watching sports.

Mary was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Louis Batista of 48 years, her brother Jose Ruela, and her twin sister Virginia Soares.

She is survived by her younger brother Anthony Ruela,  her two daughters, Felicidade and her husband John Santos, Eliza and her husband Fred DiOrio, five grandchildren, Noelle and her husband Robert Immediato, Rick DiOrio and his wife Meghan, Kenneth Santos and his wife Cristina, David Santos and his wife Roberta, John Santos Jr. and his wife Jaqueline as well as 14 great-grandchildren,  Bradley, Luca , Cruz,  Antonio, Victoria, Cristian, Tea,  Benjamin, Riley, Jack, Natalie, John III (Jake), Graydon, Brooke.  She also leaves behind several beloved nieces and nephews.

Visitation is on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701.

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9:00 AM in the Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Road, Fair Haven, NJ 07704.  Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. 07032.

Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740