Dolores Avilez De La Cruz

Dolores Avilez De La Cruz

Devoted Wife, Mother, and Grandmother

On the Twenty-fifth day of June 2022, with her family by her side, Dolores De La Cruz of Texas City gained her angel wings at the age of sixty-eight. She was born on the Seventeenth of September 1953, to Concepcion Lorona and David Avilez in Yuma, AZ.

Dolores married Santos J “Sonny” De La Cruz on the first day of April in 1972. They were married for 50 years. Dolores was a longtime and loyal member of St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church. Dolores worked many years with the State of Texas before retiring. Her hobbies included gardening, yardwork, and crafting. One of her favorite past times was regularly taking rides to the Dike with her love, Santos. She loved being with her family, especially spending time with her granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents David Avilez and Concepcion Lorona, her brother David Avilez Jr, and Father-in-law Santos “Shorty” De La Cruz.

Dolores is survived by her husband, Santos J “Sonny” De La Cruz of Texas City, TX; Son, Santos J De La Cruz Jr, his wife Lucy and their daughter Stella; Daughter, Melissa Pate and Son-in-law Greg; Sisters, Francis Bergarano and Juanita Carroll of Tucson, AZ, Brother; Richard Avilez of Yuma, AZ; Brother-in-law Abdullah Al-amin of Tucson, AZ; Sister-in-law Diana Walcik of Pearland, TX. She was blessed with two beautiful granddaughters, Briana Pate and Alexis Pate.

In her honor, a full Mass service will be held on Thursday, July 7th at 10:30AM. Service will be at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church located at 1604 9th Avenue North, Texas City, Texas 77590. Following the service, a celebration of life reception will be held in Ponzini Hall.

Pallbearers will be Santos J De La Cruz Jr, Greg Pate, Jose Aguilera, Donnell Garcia, Ray Ramos Jr, and Nick Pate.



  1. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers sent to you and your families 🙏🙏🙏

    Travis/Paula Shipley
  2. Thank you. She will be forever in my heart and my laughter. That’s something we did together every chance we got. And to my beautiful family. I’m here for you and I send many blessings and prayers to each and every one of you. She was an amazing Matriarch of your family. She lived and she loved with her whole heart. Thank you for being my Tia and my friend. I love you.

    Erlinda Carroll
  3. You will be missed a lot. You were an amazing, friendly, caring, and helpful neighbor.

    Cynthia & Fernando Corona
  4. You are one of Our Lords (Allah’s God) very Special sister-in-law who’s very caring nature that has always touched me with open arms, and thanks too our lord you are and always will be my sister-in-law in this world and the next, please call upon our lord to grant you the patience while you are patiently waiting.”

    Abdullah AL Amin
  5. Dolores you came into our family 50 years ago. I know that I never told you you that I loved you and held tenderness in my heart for you. You will be missed and thought of often. I can see you sitting in your spot by the fence as J go towards you to say hello and talk for a few minutes as the crowd gets bigger. I know you are no longer suffering and you were taken to soon for our likes God knows when he will come for us and we just need to be ready. You my dear were ready to meet your maker. You leave a lot of folk grieving for you but know it will take time for everyone to deal with this void you have left in our 💕. Rest in peace beautiful lady and wait for us, as one day God will call each of us.

    Mary Lou Duplan
  6. Heart and thoughts are with the Texas family. Tia, thank you for welcoming me with warm open arms. Your words of encouragement and prayers for my father the last 3 years was appreciated and got me through on some restless nights. Rest in paradise and continue to watch over the family as your life here will forever be missed. I’m honored to have had the privilege of knowing you and calling you family. Love you Tia.

    Bernadette Romero

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