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“I met Esther about 16 years ago as a client at the Veterinary office where I worked. She had already started having medical issues and was on oxygen...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Jennifer Huffman - Battle Creek, MI

“Esther, I will always remember you as a fun, loving, kind, unselfish cousin. I won't forget our Sabbath afternoons outings through Battle Creek's...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Milca Vazquez - Fishersville, VA

“As far back as I have the ability to remember Titi E has always been there for me. She loved me, she corrected me, she encouraged me and taught me...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Sasha Acevedo - Donnelly, ID

“For the memory book....There are so many memories that we have of our life in Puerto Rico near our neighbor, sister and friend Esther; that there...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Damaris Lebron - Mayagüez

“On June 13, 1956 around 11:00 am I was in the living room of my house with my father, we were anxious waiting for the baby to be born. At that time...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Jose Cruz - Berrien Springs, MI

“We have found memories of Esther. She was a very generous person with a heart of gold. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Ann,Jay,Nicole and all...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Nan&Terry Snyder - Breese, IL

“To one of the strongest women I know. Titi I will miss you dearly and our conversations. You are now getting to rest. Until I see you again. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Xavier Morales - St. Joseph, MI

“I will never forget so many beautiful moments that we shared together. More than my sister-in-law your were my sister. You will always live in my...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Dalila Cruz - Berrien Spring, MI

“I was so lucky to have you in my life Estalita'. I love you to the moon and back and miss you more than words can express. Love your Nicolita' ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Nicole Hughes - Cedar Park, TX

“You'll be always in my heart. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Solymar Baker - Family

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ann and Esther's family in their loss-We will hold onto the good times we shared ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Fred & Chris Sharp - Madison, AL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ann and Esther's family in their loss-We will hold onto the good times we shared ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Fred & Chris Sharp - Madison, AL

“Always in my heart! ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Margie Cruz - Winter Park, FL

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Cherished memories of a very dear sister, aunt, cousin and friend...

Esther Cruz LaBoy passed away on April 8, 2020, in the Bronson Methodist Hospital of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

She was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, on June 13, 1956, to Longino Cruz and Reinelia LaBoy. One of four siblings, she was the oldest of the three girls. She often played the role of nurturer, confidant, teacher, and friend.

In 1981, Esther moved to Battle Creek, Michigan -- a place that she called her home. She continued her college education and moved on to work at the Hart Dole Inouye Federal Center. She was active with the local Chambers of Commerce and Historical Society. In her spare time, she had a passion for painting and was an exceptional composer, singer, and guitar player.

While Esther faced many health obstacles and complications over the course of the following decades, she was a fighter until the end. Her love of family and friends gave her the strength to push forward each day.

Esther is survived by her siblings: Jose M. Cruz and Margie Cruz LaBoy; nieces and nephews Solimar, Sacha, Roberto, Xavier, Yamil, Yanitza and Joey; and extended cousins, whom she loved dearly. Esther was also fortunate enough to have created an extended family with the Sharp's: Anna, Jay, and Nicole.

Esther will always be remembered for her warmth, generosity, brilliance, optimism and great, big heart. She set an example of courage and compassion that inspired everyone who knew her. She gave of herself freely; emparting her lessons, love, and offering a safe harbour for those whose life she touched.

For now, we say goodbye. Heaven only knows what's in store for you next!

"I closed my eyes as I wiped away a tear.
I just keep wishing you were still here.
I will hold all the memories deep in my heart,
through these memories we'll never part."

A Memorial service will be held at Hightland Memorial Cemetery in Florida at a later day (TBA)