Petra H. Cruz, a caring Gilroy resident, passed away at the age of 56 of liver cancer on November 10, 2006, in the presence of her family. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Ricardo P. Cruz. She was the loving mother to Luciana (Arturo) Fuentes, Elizabeth Cruz-Castro, Ricardo Cruz, Jr., Josefina (Juan) Cruz Moreno. A devoted grandmother to 13 grandchildren. The daughter to Juana Quintanar, whom she loved very much. The special sister to Ricardo (Pilar) Quintanar, Helen Salinas, Georgia (Moises) Fuentes, and Gloria (Juan) Ojeda. The caring aunt to many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her father Jose F. Quintanar, her brother Leonard P. Quintanar and her sister Virginia P. Quintanar. We will always have her in our hearts and will remember her forever. She was a hard working woman who loved and cared for her family and also for her community. She always took the time to help others in need. She enjoyed making crafts.

The family will be promoting Cancer Awareness by wearing lavender ribbons. An Awakening Service to celebrate her life will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2006, at 6:30 pm at Apostolic Assembly Church, 8601 Church St., Gilroy, CA. Viewing will be continued at the same church at 9:00 am on Friday, November 17, 2006, then a Graveside Memorial Service will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 10:00. Family is asking for donations to help cover funeral expenses. Please deposit at Bank of America account #001213-43511 to Petra Cruz, c/o Luciana Fuentes. Any exceeding donations will be donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Petra Cruz.

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