Mrs. Cruz was born Aug. 25, 1934, in Beeville. She and her husband owned and operated Cruz Shoes in Brownsville for numerous years.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Joe Cruz; a sister-in-law, Sister Beatrice Cruz, IWBS; her children, Maria del Rosario Martinez, Beatrice Melba (Valentín) Montemayor, Joe (Aurora) Cruz Jr., Hilario Cruz, Ricardo (Frances) Cruz, Miguel (Sylvia) Cruz and Roberto Cruz; 18 grandchildren, Monica, Erika, Vicki, Rebecca, Laura, Valentín Jr., Joseph, Michael, Christian, Larry, Ernesto, Ricky, Christina, Theo, Michelle, Jonathan, Jacqueline, Hannah and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, at Garza Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Brownville. A rosary was recited there that evening at 7 o’clock.
The funeral service was celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Brownsville. Burial followed at 2:30 p.m. at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission.
Pallbearers were her grandsons.
Arrangements were under the direction of Garza Memorial Funeral Home, Brownsville.