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Eulogy for Myrtle Idolly Cruz Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

Myrtle Idolly Cruz“If my parting left a void, then fill it with remembered joys.  A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; oh yes, these things, I too will miss, be not burdened with times of sorrow, look for the sunshine of tomorrow.”

It is with great sadness that I stand before you today to present the life of not only one of the most beloved and amazing women I ever met  but that of a phenomenal woman.  I can say without a doubt that we lost a gem, one of God’s greatest treasures and a blessing to all who knew her.

Myrtle Idolly Cruz or Vero as she was affectionately known was born on December 22nd, 1965 to parents Bonifacia Neal Gill and Peter Gill.  She was the sixth of fourteen children with the eldest being Albertha, Gwendolyn, Juanita, Francisca, Allan, William, Ronald, Kathleen, Leticia, Egbert, Jane, Gayna and Monica.

At the tender age of thirteen Vero moved to live with her Sister Juanita in Middlesex community in the Stann Creek Valley, there she met and fell in love with her partner David Cruz Sr.  A relationship that lasted over thirty years and produced three kids, Darren, Lorena and David Jr.  Although late in their lives together, Vero and David joined hands in marriage and became man and wife on December 22, 2007.  Their family grew as their kids blessed them with four grand children, Dorian, Darren, Darwin and Deidra; Grandkids she adored.  Her love for these kids was so overwhelming it showed in just the way she talked about them and especially how she would shower them with gifts.  She always went all out for them.

Vero spoiled everyone, most of her nieces and nephews had the opportunity to spend time in her care.  She treated them like they were her own.  She was the most generous, kind and loving person to each and every one of them.

And this generosity did not just stop at her family, if ever there was a need by anyone in or around her community, Vero never hesitated to assist in every way she could; Many families in her community can attest to her unwavering generosity.

Vero was also one of the funniest persons, she was always joking around having a belly full of laughter every time she told a joke. You could always hear her screaming at the top of her voice at football marathons when the boys weren’t playing the way she wanted.  She was very outspoken, never held anything back and was never afraid to speak her mind.  We always enjoyed her conversations, “contamemas” she loved to say, when we would sit around and indulge in a little gossip now and then.

I admired her life, she was a spectacular woman, she was always involved in some charity work, always thinking of other people’s needs above her own.   Despite not attending high school, vero took every opportunity to advance in her education and knowledge by attending  classes in cake decorating, Arts and craft, Vinegar making.  She studied hard and became a Community Nurse’s Aid.  She was always thinking of how to help others, especially women in her community, organizing women’s groups that aimed at advancing women.  She was so popular she won the chairmanship in her community three times in a row.  She was a woman other women respected and admired.  But most of all, Vero enjoyed the simple things in life, like spending time with her family, going shopping or just spending every evening with a water hose in hand watering her beautiful flowers in the front of her yard. A chore she enjoyed very much.

I am sure each and every one of you here today that knew her, if you think  of her; although we are mourning this great loss, you  can’t help but smile or even laugh a little when you think  of an encounter you had with her.  Her death, though it came as a shock to us, please take comfort in knowing that she is now with the Lord.  Celebrate her life knowing she is now at rest.  Treasure the memories you have.  Lift up your hearts and peace to thee, God wanted her now, he set her free.