Gloria Cruz Linton, also known as Sylvia, was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who entered into eternal rest on April 14, 2023. Gloria was born October 24, 1948, in San Antonio, Texas, to the late Francisco Saldana and Diamantina Cruz Saldana. Gloria is the 3rd oldest of 13 children given birth by their mother Diamantina Saldana (6 sisters and 6 brothers), Belinda Brooks, Francisco Saldana, Martha Garza, Jose L. Martinez, Alejandro C. Martinez, Luz C. Martinez, Vincent C. Martinez, Mary A. Martinez, and was preceded in death by Grace S. Bailey, Yolanda Saldana, Diana Villarreal and Raymond Martinez. Gloria is survived by her husband Alfonso Linton, and her two children Adolf De Los Santos and Natania Linton and her 10 grandchildren (Alexander, Adolf, Alfonso, Aaliyah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Maya, Faith, Madelynn and Zacharias).
Throughout her life, Gloria worked at a State Hospital,at a nursing home,and a prep cook at a Restaurant and eventually as a stay-at-home mother. Her most cherished duty was being a mother and grandmother. She had a gentle presence but fierce determination when facing adversity. Gloria had a memorable and meaningful life because of the family she loved.
Gloria enjoyed cooking, baking,decorating cakes, pottery making, arts and crafts, sewing, shopping, dancing, Bingo, and computer games. She also enjoyed watching cooking and crime shows. She loved listening to music, especially Rhythm and Blues and Latin music. Gloria loved spending time with her family and had a special bond with her sister Belinda Brooks. They both were two peas in the pod, stubborn, strong willed, ambitious, caring and protective. Gloria loved both her children and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with her granddaughter, Madelynn, who she helped raise alongside her daughter Natania. Madelynn influenced Gloria to do adventurous things such as riding roller coasters and taking part in parasailing. Gloria enjoyed traveling especially to Disney World and Universal Studios. Gloria was Madelynn’s number-one-fan who was always there to witness her granddaughter's achievements in dance, cheerleading, and pageant competitions. Gloria was a model teacher, friend, protector, advisor, counselor, healer and cheerleader to the people she loved.
Her heart was full of unconditional love and we were blessed to have had her in our lives. Gloria will live forever in our hearts and will be dearly missed. Her footsteps can never be filled, nor her love will never be forgotten.
A limb has fallen from our family tree, that says
“Grieve not for me,
Remember the best times,
the laughter, the song,
The good life I lived while I was strong.”
Till we meet again in our forever home in Heaven.
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