Friday, August 1, 2014
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MILDRED STONE CRUZ

Mildred Stone Cruz, 95, died peacefully in her Key West home on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Midgey, the daughter of Dora Collins Smith and Henry Jesse Smith, was born July 6, 1919 in Canton, Ill. She was the youngest of 11 children. She made Key West her home in 1955 as a proud Navy wife and mother of five.

She is survived her loving children Winifred Baldwin Abbott (Richard); Rose Marie Craven; Judith Henriquez (Armando) and Dennis Stone (Nancy). She is also survived by her grandchildren: Sheri Gosselin, Gregg Craven (Winn), Laura Bauer, Lisa Campbell, Linda Tingley (Skip), Debra Henriquez (Thomas), Lori Henriquez, Michael Henriquez (Gaby), Joseph Henriquez (Ashley), Fran Herrin (Sam), Corky Tingley, Gene Patrick Stone (Yang Suk), Natalie Stone (Linda), Dennis Stone, Michelle Boyd, Eric Stone, Amber Stone and Andrea Santana (Tommy) and numerous great and great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by Orin Arthur Stone; Orin Gene Stone (Stephanie) and Michelle Kay Stone.

Mildred considered her devotion to family as her greatest achievement and one that she took seriously. She never forgot to send birthday cards to every family member and all her friends throughout the years. Her accounts of history and the bravery shown as she faced the vast changes that occurred during her lifetime are memories we will all cherish and strength we will admire.

After raising her five children, Mildred went to work for the Key West Post Office and retired after 19 years of service. Her fellow co-workers gave her the nickname "Queenie" and she took honor in sharing this story with all she loved. She was an avid reader and was known to complete cross word puzzles every day. She also found great joy in going to bingo at the Synagogue, the Lion's Club or the Moose Lodge.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Rose Craven and Lisa Campbell for their loving care at the end of a beautiful life as well as Dr. Jackie Lefferts, Patti Cabrera, Dr. Sullivan and Jane from Hospice VNA. We are blessed as a family to have been able to honor her wishes to the very end and we thank her daughter, Judy, for being her greatest advocate. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 2 at 1 p.m. at the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea. The Dean-Lopez is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.