Mary "Jean" Cruz
Aug 30, 1933 – Jun 10, 2016
Mary “Jean” Beaton Cruz
Mary “Jean” Beaton Cruz, 82, passed away at her Sea Tac home June 10, 2016 surrounded by her children and family, after a three year courageous battle with Bulbar Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The second of two children Jean was born August 30, 1933 to Angus and Eva Beaton. She graduated from Olean High School in 1950 and attended Mercy Nursing School in Buffalo, NY, graduating in 1953. There she met a handsome young intern, Floro Cruz, and they were married in 1954. That same year, Floro and Jean moved west to Butte, Montana, going back to New York in 1957 before returning to Butte in 1959. Four children later, they moved to Seattle in 1961 where they had their last two children, raising all six children in the Seattle area until 1973, when they moved to Pendleton, Oregon. In 1981 they re-located back to the Seattle area.
Jean was dedicated to her family and grandchildren. Memories of ‘Gramma’s Camp’ will live on for years. She tirelessly worked on a book that was published in 2003 about her deaf-blind son, titled, “The Road To Autonomy”. She lived a life of helping people, and as a registered nurse, worked at hospitals in in New York, Montana, Washington and Oregon until her retirement. Jean took great satisfaction in being able to bring communion to confined and ill parishioners unable to attend Mass. Some of her fondest work memories were at Wesley Homes in Des Moines where she touched many lives and developed life-long friendships.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband Floro and is survived by her children Jeanette (Joe), Cyndi, Gerry (Kathy), Larry (Gina), Eva and Eugene. She is survived by her sister Donna, 14 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. We will all greatly miss her.
A rosary prayer service will be held Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 7:00pm in the chapel at Bonney-Watson Memorial in Sea Tac. She will be laid to rest next to Floro on Friday the 24th at 12:30pm. A Memorial Mass will be held on June 25th at 9:00am at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Des Moines followed by a reception in the parish hall. Donations may be made to the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), 14150 Newbrook Drive, Suite 110, Chantilly, VA 20151, or The ALS Foundation, 19226 66th Ave. S., Kent, WA 98032.
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