On June 9, 2023, the world welcomed a precious angel, Araceli Rose Cruz, into the loving arms of her parents, Kathrine Payne and Estephan Cruz. However, it is with heavy hearts that we announce her passing on the same day. In her brief time with us, Araceli touched the lives of her family and left an everlasting impression on their hearts.
Araceli was a beautiful baby girl who brought joy and happiness to those around her. Although her time on earth was short, the love she shared and the impact she made will endure forever. Despite her brief presence, Araceli's spirit and the memories she created will be cherished by her family for generations to come.
Araceli was the beloved daughter of Kathrine Payne and Estephan Cruz, who had dreamed of a lifetime of love, laughter, and cherished moments with their precious daughter. Though their time together was far too brief, the love they had for Araceli will never waver, and she will forever hold a special place in their hearts.
Araceli's memory will also be carried on by her adoring grandmothers, Rebecca Payne, Patricia Muniz, Celia Dominguez, and Damaris Negron, who showered her with affection and tenderness from the moment she entered their lives. Their love for Araceli will remain an eternal bond that transcends time and space.
In addition, Araceli will be lovingly remembered by her grandfathers, Ken Lloyd and David Walls, who eagerly awaited the chance to create treasured memories with their granddaughter. Their hearts are filled with sadness for the lost opportunities, but they find solace in the knowledge that Araceli's spirit will forever be present in their lives.
Araceli's great-grandmothers, Nina Lloyd and Trisha Payne, and her great-grandfather, John Payne, were overjoyed by her arrival and had hopes of watching her grow and flourish. Although they must now mourn her untimely passing, they find solace in knowing that Araceli will forever be their cherished great-granddaughter.
Araceli's aunts, Alyssa, Emma, Rayna, Stephanie, Xachary, and Andreana, uncles, Josh, Logan, and Carlos, as well as her 3 cousins, envisioned a future full of laughter and shared adventures with their niece. They will carry her memory with them as they navigate life, finding strength in the love she brought to their lives.
Araceli was preceded in death by her great-great grandmother, Alice Legg.
As we gather to celebrate the brief but impactful life of Araceli Rose Cruz, let us remember the joy she brought and the love she inspired. Although her time on this earth was far too short, her spirit will continue to guide and inspire those who were fortunate enough to have known her.
Family and friends are welcome on Monday, June 19, 2023, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Slone & Co. Funeral Directors 13115 Lorain Ave. Cleveland, OH 44111.