Oletta “Boots” Cruz


February 12, 1923 - October 22, 2020

Boots Cruz, 97, of Jasper, went home to be with her Savior, Thursday, October 22, 2020, after an extended illness at Walker Medical. 

A graveside service will be held Monday, October 26, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery. David Byrd will officiate.

Boots was born in Oakman, Alabama, and lived in this area until she married Emory (E. J.) Sears in 1946 and moved to Florida. They lived in Florida until 1972 when they moved back to Jasper and resided on Browns Hill in Manchester. They were married 49 years until his death in 1995.

In 1998, she married Charlie Cruz of Chicago, Ilinois and they resided in Heatherwood here in Jasper. They were married 17 years until his death in 2015. Charlie always referred to Boots as “The Pride of Jasper.”  

Boots was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Jasper and was their oldest living member. 

She is survived by her two daughters, Vickie Clark (Butch) of Jasper and Debbie Baine (Steve) of Jacksonville, Florida; three stepchildren, Don Cruz (Treva) of Benton, Illinois, Carla Weinnman of Medaryville, Indiana, and Bruce Cruz (Debbie) of Arlington Heights, Illinois.

She was blessed with 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren who knew her affectionately as “Darlie.”

She was a beautiful lady, full of grace and loved by all who knew her.

Kilgore Green Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-9503