Pamela Catherine Cruz
02/02/1948 – 06/25/2016
Pamela Catherine Cruz (Georgeatos), 68, entered into rest on June 25, 2016 having lived a life rich in love
, laughter and friendship.
A native San Franciscan, Pamela was a proud graduate of Lowell High School, The University of San Francisco and San Francisco State. She was the daughter of 1st generation Greek parents: Tom who worked in trucking, and Helen, a chief operator for the San Francisco police department. They taught her not only the Greek language but also the delicious cooking for which her family and friends are forever grateful.
Pamela met her future husband, after he returned from military service in Vietnam, while both were students at San Francisco State. They married at Saints Peter and Paul church in San Francisco in 1973; the wedding reception boasted both mariachis and a Greek band, a reception her children still hear of fondly over 4 decades later from both sides of the family. Together they settled in Modesto to pursue careers in education. She taught for nearly 20 years, which included her own Magical Mouse Nursery School, and later John Muncy and Agnes Baptist in the Stanislaus Union School District. As a teacher, she found great reward in the success of her students and the friendships she built with her colleagues.
Pamela cherished her family. She enjoyed spending time with them, particularly the many cruises with her family after her husband’s retirement in 2004. Whether it was annually packing up her family, for multiple Christmas celebrations, to see all the “extended” of the extended family, to helping her son deliver the Modesto Bee, for 8 winter weeks, when he hurt his throwing arm in wrestling, to getting to our community’s parades early, way too early, to ensure front row to cheer on her husband and his VFW as they march by, to renting out entire restaurants in LA and Berkeley in celebration of graduations, to never letting her children leave the her house without first placing a cross on their forehead, she was always there for her family.
Pamela enjoyed the friendships she found in her neighbors. She looked forward to celebrating the 4th of July with them in their court, as well as wishing them a happy New Year during a brief midnight firework lighting before hurrying back into the house to warm up and then get some sleep.
Pamela put others first, found something wonderful in everyone, and loved to laugh with family, friends and we delighted in her great sense of humor.
Pamela is survived by her husband of 43 years, Dionicio, her daughter Lisa, her son Thomas, her cockatiels and her BELOVED 45 pound “lap dog” Snoopy.
A vigil service is scheduled for Tuesday, July 5, 2016 from 3-6 PM with a rosary beginning at 7PM at Franklin & Downs Funeral Home – McHenry Chapel. The following day, Wednesday, July 6, 2016 there will be a Mass held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Modesto beginning at 10AM with a committal service at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, CA immediately following.
Any flowers may be sent to Franklin & Downs Funeral Home – McHenry Chapel.
Published in the Modesto Bee from July 1 to July 3, 2016