Maria Marquez de Cruz, 79, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Garden City.

She was born Jan. 6, 1939, to Santiago and Virginia (Aguilar) Marquez at Ejido La Vega, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

She was born and raised in Mexico.

On Nov. 20, 1957, she married Bernardino Cruz. They moved to Denver in the 1970s.

She is survived by her children, Maricela Finney, Beatriz Cruz, Martin S. Cruz, Mercedes Felix, Veronica Camarena and Francisco J. Cruz; siblings, Marcelino Marquez, Desideria Marquez, Margarita Marquez, Isidro Marquez, Virgilio Marquez and Felipe Marquez; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two children, Bernardino Cruz and Orlando Cruz; her parents; and one great-granddaughter, Aaliyah Deanette McDuffie.

Funeral service will be 10:30 am Thursday at Primera Iglesia del Nazareno. A private family burial will take place at a later date. 

Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Primera Iglesia del Nazareno in Garden City, with a vigil service from 6 to 8 p.m. Condolences may be posted at