Debbie Christina Shoulders-Cruz, 58, Topeka: July 23, 1961 – May 15, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Debbie Christine Shoulders Cruz, 58, second child of Edgar Sullivan and JoAnn Carson, went kicking and screaming, May 15, 2020. Evidently, the other side found someone strong enough to drag her to the other side. As she had vowed to never give up and being the bullheaded Irish woman she was, she fought cancer for more than two years.

Debbie was born and raised in Topeka, Kan., attending Highland Park schools.

Debbie was married to, and divorced from, Hilario (Ruben) Cruz. She then met her life partner of 34 years, Jose E. Diaz-Aguilar. He was her soulmate, friend, and comforter, by her side until the end.

Debbie is survived by her children, Marcos Cruz, of Lansing, Kan., Carlos Cruz, Topeka, Antonio Cruz, San Antonio, Texas, Ruben Cruz, Topeka, Enrique Cruz, Topeka, and Juana Cruz, Topeka; she also raised and adopted Milay Cruz, Topeka, and Yami Cruz, Woaini Cruz and Mahalo Cruz, all of Lawton, Okla.; and she was grandmother to six grandchildren.

Debbie volunteered for many years at Joyful Harvest and was a lunch lady for four years at Holy Family Name School. She loved arts and crafts, birds, trees and daisies, just like her Aunt Jean Carson Owens, who was a second mother to her, forever by her side.

Debbie now goes to rest with family, who filled her life with fond memories and joy, beneath the shade of an oak tree in Quenemo. Private services were held at Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo, Kan.

Arrangements with Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451, feltnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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