Maria Elena Cruz-Shaffer

7-10-15-OBIT-Cruz Shaffer-PhotoApril 11, 1975 – June 19, 2015

Forever Young, Forever Beautiful, Forever Loved

Our precious Maria Elena has gone to rest in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father on Friday, June 19, 2015.

Born in Albuquerque, NM, Maria graduated from La Cueva HS in 1993. She was a Licensed Esthetician in California where she made her home for over a decade.  She devoted her life to her children and was a dedicated homemaker and proud soccer mom. She had a radiant smile and made everyone she met feel loved and appreciated. She was a unique individual who will be missed tremendously.

Maria is survived by her husband of 17 years, Forrest Shaffer, son Elias Cruz-Zamora, and daughter Madison Shaffer;  Parents Greg and Elizabeth Cruz, and Linda and Jimmy Gonzales; Father and Mother-in-Law, Terry and Amy Shaffer; Grandparents Patricio and Tillie Cruz and Bertha Leeson; Brother Miguel Cruz and partner Jenny Martinez, their sons Joshua and Vincent; Sister Daniela Cruz and husband James Hosack; Step-siblings Emma Gonzales, Danielle Gonzales and husband Tim Wahlers, their children Isabella and Andrew, James Gonzales and partner Sascha Sixkiller, their daughters Arianna and Zailie, Dominic Stape and wife Jill Stape, their children Mia, Talia, Olivia, Edward, and Sergio; In-laws Blythe and Carlos Torres, Spin Shaffer and wife Carol Meagher, their daughters Samantha and Sarah Jane, Ashlyn and Shaun McKay, their children Gavin and Maranda; As well as many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and extended family.

A Funeral Mass will be held in Albuquerque, NM, on July 3, 2015 at 9 a.m. with The Rosary preceding at 8:30 a.m. at the Shrine of St Bernadette. Her final resting place will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. A Memorial Service in Temecula, CA will announced at a later date.

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