Lydia Cruz Matos
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Lydia Cruz Matos
  • October 26, 1913 - November 21, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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Our beloved Lydia Cruz was born in Ciales, Puerto Rico, just 15 years after the Spanish-American War. On October 26th in 1913, she came to this world to an evolving Puerto Rico under a new United States Government. As her country; her life was marked by constant evolution. The youngest of nine siblings, she lost both her parents at a very young age. Her siblings became her strength and she quickly became a fierce strong young women and matriarch of the family.





She married her beloved husband, Jesus Arce Nunez, and had three beautiful daughters. Miriam Antonia Arce Cruz, Aurea Esther Arce Cruz and Luz Elenia Arce Cruz. The beloved daughters grew up in their mother’s example and always by her side. A vanguardist, in the 50s she left the country side of Ciales and went to Santurce looking for new horizons and new opportunities. Her home was always the connection hub between the country and the city and point of reference for the siblings and relatives that worked and pursued a better life for their children. She raised her three daughters teaching them to be strong, hard workers and most importantly to be there for their family. As the family grew and came to the United States, she remained in Puerto Rico and raised her two grandchildren, Myriam and Pedro Troche and played an instrumental role in raising her grandchildren, Adarel and Orlando Santiago, children of Luz Elenia Arce Cruz.





Always surrounded by the love and care of her three daughters, Lydia was a God-fearing woman who was loved and admired by so many. Her legacy includes, three daughters, ten grandchildren, 16 great grand-children, ten great-great grand-children and bountiful nieces, nephew and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jesus Arce and daughter, Miriam Arce Cruz. She lived the last years of her life in New Jersey and Maryland with her loving daughter, Aurea Esther Arce Cruz and husband James Higgins. Loved and admired by so many, she will always be an example of love, compassion. Rest dear Lydia near the arms of God and the Holy spirit and reunite with the people that she loved that left this world before her. We are far from you only in dimensions and space distance because you will be always in our hearts.



Que Dios Te Bendiga Siempre



A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church 109 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis, Maryland 21401 on Saturday November 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM.