Adriana Marie Cruz
September 5, 1995 - May 19, 2012
Adriana Marie Cruz, “Adri,” of Hayden, formerly of Payson, passed away May 19, 2012 in Dudleyville, Ariz. at the age of 16.
She was born Sept. 5, 1995 in Tucson, the youngest child of Anna and Ray Cruz.
She resided in the Hayden/ Winkelman area the majority of her life. For three years she lived in Payson, where she attended Payson Elementary and Rim Country Middle Schools.
Ms. Cruz was a sophomore at Hayden High School. She was an honor student and was awarded the top 10th grade student for her 3.5 GPA. She had also received the top student award her freshman year. Her future looked bright — she was enrolled at Central Arizona College and was starting college classes this summer. In the fall, she was planning to enroll in the CIVIT program and study fire science or courses to become a medical assistant. After graduating high school, she was planning to pursue a career as a medical sonographer.
Ms. Cruz loved to play sports, and she especially loved softball. She was able to join the Hayden Lobo softball team this year and participate in the Arizona State Playoffs. She also participated in the SADD program and was Sophomore Homecoming Princess.
In her free time she enjoyed hanging out with her friends, spending time riding quads and enjoying the Gila River. She loved listening to all types of music. She also loved to travel and see new places, attending concerts and car shows. She loved seeing rainbows and all things that were rainbow colored.
She was a fun-loving, relaxed, and an adventurous person. She loved life and loved everyone in her life. She accepted people for who they were and just went with the flow. She could bring a smile to anyone’s face and her presence could brighten a room. She was loved and adored by many and was a pleasure to be around. She will be greatly missed.
Ms. Cruz is survived by her loving parents, Ray Cruz of Hayden and Anna Cruz (Chester) of Payson; godparents, Skeets and Judy Flores of Payson; siblings, Brandon Cruz of Hayden and Tiffany (Rudy) Velasco of San Tan Valley; stepbrothers; and Emily Cruz; grandparents, Eva Rose Rivera of Hayden and Juan and Frances Cruz of Hayden; nephew, Darius Ray Cruz; and nieces, Ashalia and Keira Velasco; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Manuel M. Rivera; aunt, Gracie Cruz Escalante; and uncles, Arthur “Peewee” Rivera, Joe Kerlock and Tommy Escalante.
A rosary was recited for her Saturday, May 26, 2012 followed by a Catholic Mass celebrated by Father Robert Rodriguez at the St. Joseph’s Parish in Hayden.