Maria “Betty” Cruz

Antonito resident Maria “Betty” Cruz, 80, passed away May 22, 2021, peacefully at her home with her loving family by her side. Born on September 26, 1940, in Las Mesitas, the daughter of Armenio Ruybal and Sidelia Gomez Ruybal. Betty devoted her life to caring for her family. She was an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who enjoyed going gambling, knitting, gardening and taking care of her cats. She enjoyed watching her favorite TV shows as well, but her greatest joy in life came from the time she spent with family.

Survivors include her daughters Ranee (Dan) Sours of Denver, CO; Marie Cruz (Michael Lucero) of Ortiz, CO; Deborah Cruz (Edward Moullette) of La Jara, CO; son Michael (Justine) Cruz of Pueblo, CO; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, brother Armenio Ruybal Jr., She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents Armenio and Sidelia Ruybal, seven siblings Mary Trujillo, Mary Waldron, Lonnie Martinez, Virginia Zertuchie, Richard Ruybal and Bonifacio Ruybal, as well as all of her aunts and uncles.

Cremation was chosen and a Vigil Service with Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Friday, May 28, 2021, at 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Conejos. A Memorial Mass will follow at 11:00 AM. Inurnment will be held at a later date. To leave online condolences please visit The care of arrangements has been entrusted to Romero Funeral Home of Alamosa.


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