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Brittany Cruz


Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 8:53 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 10:07 a.m. CDT

Brittany Cruz, 15, of Orient died Jan. 14, 2014, at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Orient-Macksburg High School gymnasium in Orient. The Rev. Cathy Nutting and the Rev. Karen Hoff will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery west of Orient. Open visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. today with family present 5 to 8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, Creston. Memorials will be for a scholarship. Online condolences may be left at

Brittany Ann Cruz, daughter of Susan Lynn (Harris) and Louis Antonio Cruz, was born March 15, 1998, in Creston.

Brittany was educated at Orient area schools and was a sophomore at Orient-Macksburg High School.

Brittany danced at Leslie’s Dance Emporium and was involved in all sports, including volleyball.

Brittany was a member of Orient United Methodist Church and involved in FFA. 

Brittany is survived by her parents, Louis and Susan Cruz of Orient; brother Tony Cruz (friend Sydney White) of Creston, sister Heather Cruz (fiancé Joseph Jenkins) of Eaton, Ohio, and their children, Ava and Delilah Jenkins; grandparents, Robert (Pearl) Harris of Orient and Francisco Cruz of Chicago, Ill.; great-aunt and -uncle Linda (John) Kuster of Orient and many aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members. 

Brittany was preceded in death by her grandparents, Carman Pina and Thomas Pina; and great-grandma Melba Cox. 

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