Shirley June Cruz

Oct 4, 1952 - Dec 8, 2015


Shirley June Cruz passed away in her sleep after being admitted to ER on Oct. 27, 2015. She passed away Dec. 8, 2015 around 8 pm.

She was born in Providence Rhode Island on Oct. 4, 1952 at the Navel Air Station Base to parents Bill Jasper Godwin & Juanita Moore Godwin. Shirley was adopted by Arthur J. (J.R.) Moore & his wife Ada B. Moore, after Shirley’s mother passed away from cancer.

Shirley traveled the world as her father, “J.R.”, was in the Air Force giving her the opportunity to reside in places like Spain and the Philippines.

Shirley met her future husband Richard R. Cruz, in high school and soon became “high school sweethearts”. They were married Dec. 1, 1973 & had been together for 42 years.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Richard R. Cruz, three children, Richard Scott Cruz, James Robert Cruz & daughter Jennifer Lorraine Cruz, 2 granddaughters, Abbey Cruz & Kira Shuman. She is also survived by her brother Kenneth Lee Godwin, her sister Ann Wood as well as well as 3 step sisters and 4 step brothers, including James “Jimmy” Moore.

Shirley was a very loving wife and mother, she gave all that she had to give and more. She loved The Lord God with all heart and soul. She loved to sing, praising God. She enjoyed the simple things like going out for coffee with friends and family, seeing a good movie, or enjoying a nice dinner. When she was younger she developed a great fondness and love for horses that never left her. She enjoyed joking and laughing. Loved teasing and could take being teased back. She loved her family, and she loved her dogs, especially her Chihuahua’s Dutch and Murphy. When things got difficult she found comfort in the bible and listening to gospel music. She loved Loretta Lynn and Bill Gaither.

In her last years when her health started to decline quickly she found joy in playing games on her iPad like Hay Day, Words With Friends, and more. She was able to stay in touch with family and friends through Facebook and enjoyed seeing photos of her granddaughters. Despite her pain that she was in, she always tried to remain positive; and never hesitated to pray for someone in their time of need.

She will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA
US 95841


  • Carolyn Ann Wood says:

    My heart felt of love and sympathy for, the lose of ,this precious lady, you’re wife , mother, my Sister. She will be missed.

  • Janet Johnston Smith says:

    So sorry to hear about my cousin Shirley. She was a blessing to me and I knew she prayed for me. I have great memories when Aunt Ada, Shirley and Mary Carolyn lived with us for awhile in Richmond before they joined Uncle JR in the Phillipines. I know that she is celebrating with a new body in heaven. Jesus was there to greet her as was my mom and other family members. I will miss talking to her and receiving the many bible verses and poems she sent me. Prayers are being sent up for the Cruz family.

  • Linda Johnston Bandy says:

    My heart is sad for the lost of my cousin Shirley. She was a wonderful Christian women. All the time I new her to be very good hearted, very well mannered yes ma’am and yes sir. Shirley and I was in Third grade when they stay with us. I still have the good Memories of that time long ago. I will miss you on face book Dear cousin. My sympathy to the family &Prayers; .

  • Batbara Ann Sagar Swart says:

    I love Shirley as a sister & we both decided to be sisters by choice. We became instantly when we met. Shirley always had good words about & for everyone. She helped me on my path to the Lord. I will miss her so much. I will continue praying for those who are missing her now.

  • Veona Ackerman says:

    Shirley was a wonderful lady.She alway’s had a kind word for me and my family when we went to Madison Ave.Baptist Church and Loved my Grandson when he was little..He had Red Hair she called him little Red..Shirley was a Prayer Warrior through the years and asked for Prayers many Times and I was Glad I could Pray for her..She will be Sorely Missed..I Praise God for Taking her home to him where she is no longer in pain,and I will get to see her smiling face again one day..My Prayers for her Husband Rick and her Children and Family far and wide..Veona.

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