Cecelia Crutchfield went to be with our heavenly father on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Cecelia was born on July 9, 1929 in Williams, Ariz. Her parents were Arnulfo and Nieves Luna.
Cecelia was born into a large family after her grandparents migrated from Spain and Mexico. She grew up in Arizona with 11 uncles and aunts and many cousins. Her mother died at an early age when Cecelia was only 13. She graduated from Winslow High School in Arizona and went on to marry and have eight children.
Cecelia's passion in life was living for her children. She loved to keep a spotlessly clean house, cook great meals and iron to perfection. She made Mexican food and homemade tortillas better than anyone in the world. She was an amazing mother and friend. She enjoyed embroidering, crocheting and made many beautiful blankets. She loved to "shop" antique stores and craft stores. Her favorite items to collect were "small quaint collections" such as dolls made in "Occupied Japan." She loved to dance to Mexican music and could often be found dancing around the kitchen. She also loved to travel and meet new friends. She even had a pen pal in England.
She was an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan. She claimed she was in love with Kobe Bryant. She had a loving, giving heart and spirit and would give anything to help her friends and family. She was deeply loved by many and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by six of her eight children - Joe Cortez, Tom Cortez, Ernie Cortez, Neva Shriver, Tony Rodriguez, Alan Lloyd Crutchfield and her foster daughter Gloria Villarreal; eight grandchildren Christina, Robert, Nicholas, Madison, Lauren, Paul, Elyssa and Chloe; Angela, who greeted her at the gates of heaven; and four great-grandchildren Megan, Hannah, Rebekah and Gabriel.
A celebration of Cecelia's life was held Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012 at High Desert Church in Victorville, led by Pastor Jeff Barbour. In memory of Cecelia, her family asked that pink or Lakers gear be worn to her services. Arrangements were handled by Victor Valley Memorial Park.