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CRUZ-CRESPO, IRAIDA, was born in 1927, in Havana, Cuba, and passed into the arms of her Heavenly Father on October 13, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospice Carpenter House, surrounded by her caring family, her beloved husband of 61 years, Luis Crespo Garay, who remained devoted by her side during her difficult years of her long illness; her cherished only son, Luis Crespo, Jr., his wife, her dear Kimberly; her adored grand-daughter Sherrard and a great-granddaughter Emma Ann Soignier Cruz. She was pre-ceeded by her adored parents, Oscar Cruz, a civil engineer and his wife Maria Luisa "Mauy" Ros; her two brothers, Arnaldo, a painter with Studio at Bal Harbour, Fl. and Oscar J. Cruz, a structural engineer in Louisiana and his wife, Maria Teresa "Tete"Portela Cruz, professor at Sacre Coeur Academy, Baton Rough, La.; and by her brother in law: Dr. Rogelio Crespo Garay, of Mexico. Among her surviving family: Two sisters-in-law: her childhood friend, Dr. Lilly Vivo Crespo, of Mexico and Blanca R. Crespo Gonzalez of Cuba; two specially beloved nieces: Marite Cruz Zeitz, Esq. and son Miles, of Baton Rouge and 'Mariita' Maria Carmen Cruz Fragio, in Connecticut and other loved nieces and nephews from both, the Cruz and the Crespo families, also two of her very dear friends from her lifetime:Tete Bustillo from Baton Rouge and Mercy Diaz Miranda from Miami, Florida. Iraida was an alumnae of The Cathedral Academy and simultaneous graduated with a Degree in Arts at Instituto del Vedado,Havana, Cuba. She earned credits at the Engineering Faculty, University of Havana, Cuba. On 1946, she was employed by Circuito CMQ, S.A., Broadcasting Radio & Television Network, Havana, Cuba, and held several positions under Corporate and Programming Divisions. There she met Luis Crespo, the network's Commercial Advertisement Control Manager, her future husband. Both worked at CMQ for many years, till Castro's Communist Regime took over Cuba's Media, industries private enterprises, utilities, land, homes and personal belongings. On November, 1960 the couple and their 6 years old child were able to flee their beloved Cuba and arrived in Miami, Florida, where they remained until moving to Baton Rouge,La. Luis was employed by the Port of New Orleans and Iraida did temporary work at an electrical engineer company In Garcia, Louisiana. Specially Iraida, The Crespo Family has appreciated, loved, and shared community efforts with joy at Baton Rouge, they cherish and celebrated the history and traditions of their adopted country and of the American people, with the same respect and loyalty they have for their native land. During Iraida's illness, she was a patient at the Jefferson Manor Nursing Home, where she was very well taken care off, always in the daily company of her devoted husband Luis, till her passing. At her request, Iraida was cremated. Visiting Hour and Memorial Services were held at The First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge, followed by a gathering reception to remember and honor her life. Iraida was a beautiful human being, a caring wife and mother, a lovable family member and a true friend for 'all-times'. Tia 'Yaya' will also be greatly missed by many friends and co-workers of Circuito CMQ, S.A. Prayers are appreciated for the resurrection of her soul into the House of the Lord and to bless and comfort her dear family. Holy Masses are being offered at The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, Patron Saint of Cuba; St. Timothy Catholic Church, Miami; St. Bonaventure Parish, Weston Florida.

Published in Miami Herald on Nov. 17, 2013