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Alice Marie Cruz, age 42, of Hayes, passed into heaven, surrounded by her family at home on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, after a three-year battle with cervical cancer.

Alice was a delightfully sweet wisp of a girl who had a huge heart for the world. She was filled with curiosity and wonder. She loved to pick blackberries in July, play on the beach in August, eat chocolate, play practical jokes and she loved animals, Christmas and snow. She had a childlike joy and faith. She never let you cry alone. She loved all the family trips to Wintergreen, cruises to the Caribbean, Disney World and her favorite place was the family beach house in the Outer Banks.

She was a devoted mother. She was the baby of a blended family of nine children.

She was predeceased by her father, Pete Dunston; her brother-in-law, George R Woodhouse II, and nephew, Christopher Jenkins.

She is survived by her husband, Reynaldo Cruz; daughters, Alexis and Courtney Cruz; three step-daughters, Toni Lindsay, Tina Cruz, Breann Cruz, and one adopted son, Robert Meitz; as well as six step-grandchildren; her mother, Ann Dunston; siblings, Scott Andersen, Christi Newsome, William Dunston, Abigail Dunston Woodhouse Walker (Mike), Paul Belvin (Rhonda), Carlton Belvin (Betsy), Hope Jenkins, David Belvin; nieces, Niki Warren, Whitney and Ashley Belvin; nephews,  Jeremy Belvin, Nicholas Jenkins, Michael and Benji Loveland, and Lee Woodhouse II,  and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins and extended family.

A service of remembrance will be held Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Severn Church, 9066 Robins Neck Road, Naxera, conducted by Pastors Bill West and Art Wolz.

The family will receive friends following the service in the church social hall.

In memory of Alice, donations may be made to Fixin’ to Save Spay and Neuter Clinic at White Marsh, or Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society

Arrangements made by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.