OBITUARY

Carolyn Cruz Velazco

November 5, 1963January 29, 2019
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Carolyn Cruz Velazco, 55, passed away on January 29th, 2019. She was born to parents Elena and Guilberto Cruz on November 5th, 1963 in Cavite City, Philippines. She was married to the love of her life, Elmer Velazco, on January 29th 1984, celebrating their 35 year anniversary this year. Carolyn is survived by four children: Danica, Jilliane, Angela and Andrew Velazco, and is now joining her fifth child and second-born, Patrick Allen Velazco, in heaven.

Carolyn was best known for her big heart and even bigger hair, her loving and caring personality, as well as her famous brisket. Some of the things she loved most were visiting state capitols, going on road trips, trying “just one bite” of everyone’s dish at the table, and singing 'Top of the World' by The Carpenters on karaoke.

Carolyn was the most wonderful mother, wife, sister, and friend. She will forever be remembered by the beautiful mark she left on each of our hearts.

Visitation ceremonies will be held on Monday, February 4th, and Tuesday, February 5th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home. The funeral service and burial will take place on Wednesday, February 6th at 2 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Cemetery. The family requests that all guests wear white to the funeral service on Wednesday.

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14: 1-4

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 4, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, February 6, 2019
REMEMBERING

Carolyn Cruz Velazco

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imelda malapitan

February 13, 2019

Carol and I have known each other for over 30 years. While there were times when we rarely saw each other, we always knew that the bond of friendship we shared was strong enough to withstand anything that gets in the way of being there for each other.

I’ve always known Carol to be a very genuine, caring person and a loyal friend --one who loved deeply and unconditionally. Even through pain, she was always thinking of others. She loved her family and always wanted what was best for each and everyone of her children. I believe that her wish to be reunited with Patrick has now been fulfilled . Her strong faith and God's loving mercy made sure of that. I will miss my friend dearly but will always treasure all the wonderful memories we shared especially our spontaneous Azores trip. I am so blessed and grateful for Carol's friendship and will always remember her for the good, caring and gentle person that she was. And one day, I hope to see my friend on the other side.

Clarissa Cruz

February 11, 2019

Having Carolyn as a sister points to the goodness of God towards me. She was often reserved, dignified, kind and gentle. Often times- people would percieve her as almost beyond reproach in her demeanor and conduct. But over time, she became cognizant of her position before a holy and righteous God. In Romans 3:10, 23. " As it is written: there is none righteous, no, not one...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". She knew that as I am- she is a sinner saved by grace alone, through faith alone, through Christ alone. Ephesians 2:8-10 -" For grace you have been saved through faith and not of yourselves- it is a gift of God- not as a result of works so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we can walk in them."
The sweet and enduring impact of Carolyn's life has always been a collective sentiment. We are used to her being so highly regarded. Me and my sister, Arlene are so grateful for your love and your own part of her earthly joy. This joy in its true fullness has been made complete by her excellent, devoted husband and precious children. She was overwhelmed by the depth of their love.
We thank the good Lord that through His finished work on the cross in her behalf- that her faith has now become sight.

Margaret Lee

February 7, 2019

When I was 9 years old, my uncle came to the States and with him, he brought his beautiful wife. I loved my Auntie Carol instantly. She was more than an aunt. When I needed it, she was a sister, a mother, and a friend. She was a grandmother to my babies. She would tell me, “I love you, you’re in my blood.” She was goodness personified. This is a woman who has been with me through every single important moment of my life. My graduations, my wedding, the birth of my children. She’s the first person I called when my father died. I thank God for giving me the time I had with this angel.

This past August when she pulled me into a room and told me she was diagnosed with stage 4 gallbladder cancer, I was devastated. I had just lost my father a few months prior. But there she was, so strong and so sure. How was she so strong? How could I have a tenth of her strength? My thoughts immediately drifted to my Uncle. To my beloved cousins. To my babies that love her so much. And I knew, because my Auntie Carol played a part in raising me, that I would have to pull from her strength and be strong for them.

I spent her last morning on this Earth with her. I feel guilty still. I wish it could have been my cousins spending that morning with their mom. It was my uncle and aunt’s 35th wedding anniversary. I made her laugh at jokes about my uncle. I used my body as a human chair so she could sit upright in bed and breathe and be comfortable. We reminisced about how I did the same thing for her son, Patrick when he was in the hospital.

I had no idea when I left that day that it would be the last time I’d see her and tell her I love her. I find comfort that she is no longer suffering and is reunited with my cousin Patrick in Heaven. Mama C, you are forever loved and remembered. Rest In Peace now, my beloved auntie.

Richelle Ilanga

February 6, 2019

Tita Carol, you were always so joyful and welcoming to me growing up in yfc. I remember always being greeted by you with a huge smile and hug. Thank you for showing me love through our minuscule moments and through your beautiful family. Blessed to have known a wonderful soul. My deep condolences to the Velazco family. Thinking and praying for you and your family. ❤️

Mama Lynne

February 6, 2019

My beloved sister Carolyn was the personification of all things humanly good devoid of any malice or malintent. She was the kindest, most intelligent,caring and loving person. She was a mother to all, not only her children but also to all the people she cared for. She was a wonderful wife, daughter and friend. God certainly broke the mold when he created her!!! Her humanity touched all people who came in contact with her. She was a whirlwind of energy and at times exhausting (remembering the times she visited me in California, lol!!!). She was my confidante, my ally, protector and BFF. My heart aches that I will miss her terribly but I know that she is on her way to her heavenly home where I take comfort that she will wait for all her loved ones there. Love you Kapatid!!!

Kuya John

February 6, 2019

Her sweetest smile
Her tightest embrace
Her commanding presence, yet gentle ways

I’ve only known her for a while
Spent time together, all too few
Yet in those meager moments
She loved me and I loved her too

Wish I can turn back time
I wish it wasn’t this soon
Never got to say goodbye
And that I love her all to the moon

I have a better life thanks to her
Thanking her everyday would not have been enough
But I know she’s looking down from where she is
And I’d keep all my regrets while looking up

I ‘m so sorry
I sorely miss you
I love you
Until we see each other again

Arielle Andal

February 6, 2019

My favorite memory:

15+ years a go, me and my family used to go over to the Velazco's house all the time for get together parties. I remember always getting seconds (sometimes thirds) of her delicious Bibingka. At the end of the night, me, Katrina and Danica would always plan how to convince my mom to let us sleep over their house. It was always a success when Danica asked my mom, because my mom could never say no to her. Even when the house was full, Tita Carolyn always accepted us as one of her own and took care of us. She was a sweet and loving woman with a beautiful soul, and she always made you feel warm-hearted anytime you were in her presence. She will forever be missed.

Its a beautiful thing to be able to imagine Tita Carolyn and Patrick reunite again. May she Rest in Peace and I continue to pray for the family and as she enters the gates of Heaven.

Ted Jose

February 6, 2019

I am the first responder on the birth of their first child Danica. Also the first responder when Patrick passed away.
Words not enough to explain how i feel about Carol and family.
My family love them dearly.
Ted and Evelyn Jose

Shoshana Naftel

February 6, 2019

I meant she will see Patrick, not Paul. So sorry, I just read about Danica and Paul and mixed up my names.

Shoshana Naftel

February 6, 2019

I remember spending many days hanging out with Danica at home. Carolyn was much like a second mother to me. I always felt warm in her care. She was generous and loving and was always proud of her kids accomplishments including helping me many times in high school. She truly impacted my life and made me a better person. Though Danica and I have grown apart I always feel loved thinking of the days her mother would pick me up and we’d all drive around or eat chick fil a. She would be there when we won awards and help us when we needed it whether it was schoolwork or picking out outfits. She will be so missed and loved. It seems rather unfair for her to leave so soon, but I know she will be happy to see Paul again. I hope the Velazco family will remain strong and let their love help them heal. Sending the Velazcos all my love as well.

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