Mary Cruz Tamez

Loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Mary Cruz Tamez passed away on June 5, 2017, she was 79 years old. 

Mary was born on Nov. 13, 1937 to Teodoro & Paula Cruz in Cameron.  In 1959, at the age of 22, Mary married the love of her life, Reuben Garcia Tamez, in Cameron. They were married for 56 years until the death of Reuben Garcia Tamez in December 2015.

Mary enjoyed reading, crocheting, embroidering and taking long walks with friends, family and her many dogs over the years. Mary had an infectious smile, tender heart and beautiful soul that overflowed with love that allowed her to always make friends with strangers.

Mary’s family was everything to her – she was the true measure of Unconditional Love.  Mary was a devout Catholic and attended St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Reuben Garcia Tamez; her brothers, Teodoro Cruz Jr., Francisco Cruz, Enrique Cruz and Maximino Cruz; and sister, Virginia Lopez.

Mary leaves loving memories to be cherished to her children, Rita Tamez of Dallas, Lydia Hall and her husband Michael Hall of Huntsville, and Reuben Cruz Tamez of Houston; four grandchildren, Nicolas Cruz Tamez, Giuliana Lyra Tamez, Benjamin Michael Hall and Christian Daniel Hall; and sister, Juanita C. Cortez of Fort Worth. 

The Tamez family expresses profound gratitude to all the staff at Stoney Brook in Copperas Cove, especially the compassionate care of the Memory Care staff.

The Tamez family will receive visitors on Friday, June 9, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, 1615 South Fort Hood Road, Killeen, TX.  A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Cruz Tamez will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2903 E Rancier Ave, Killeen TX. Burial will follow at Killeen Memorial Park, 3800 Lake Road, Killeen, TX, with reception following in the banquet room at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

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In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to the American Diabetes Association.