Mariana Cruz, a 67-year resident of California and 49-year resident of Joshua Tree, died March 12, 2019, at home due to natural causes. She was 97 years old.
The daughter of Pedro Subia and Mauricia Carrazco Subia, she was born July 8, 1921, in San Jose, Arizona.
Mrs. Cruz was a housewife.
She belonged to the St Christopher of the Desert Altar Society and Rosary.
Her interests included crafts, quilt making, gardening, reading religious readings and mostly playing with grandchildren.
Mrs. Cruz was preceded in death by her mother, father, husband and one son.
She is survived by are Ophia Blair, Olivia Boring, Peter Cruz, Steven Cruz, Lorenzo Cruz, Antonio Cruz and Paul Cruz.
She had 32 grandchildren, 97 great-grandchildren and 41 great-great grandchildren.
Also surviving are sister Ramona Sanchez, two sisters-in-law, Julia Rodriguez and Selina Garcia, and a brother-in-law, Gilbert Rodriguez.
A viewing was held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 19 at Wiefels and Son, 57285 Yucca Trail, Yucca Valley.
A service was held at 10 a.m. March 20 at St. Christopher’s at 61261 Sunburst, Joshua Tree. A graveside service followed around noon March 20 at Joshua Tree Memorial Park, 60121 Twentynine Palms Highway.
In lieu of flowers, dedicate a Mass or say prayers in Mrs. Cruz’s name.
Anyone who knew her fell in love with her. She was friendly, loving, fair and non-judgmental. She had a great sense of humor. She was a great Christian and gave her children and grandchildren a sense of family. Her mental capacity was never affected by her age. She had great stories and every birthday hundreds would come to celebrate her special day!