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Avelina Dela ‘Belen’ Cruz Santos, 94, devoted homemaker who loved sewing and cooking

Avelina Dela ‘Belen’ Cruz Santos

Avelina Dela Cruz Santos, 94, affectionately known as Belen, passed to her rest Sunday, May 24, 2020. Belen was born July 28, 1925, to the late Rosario Paguia and Ambrosio Dela Cruz in the Philippines.

She was a devoted homemaker who loved singing, sewing and cooking. Everybody loved her smile. Belen was a member of the Virginia Beach Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

She is survived by her two daughter, Aida Santos Dela Cruz (Jerry) and Aravel Santos Oller (Rolando); seven grandchildren, Paul Willander “Pee-Wee” Santos, John Christian “J.C.” Santos, Stephan Peter “Ren-Ren” Santos, Mark Bryan “Mac-Mac” Santos, Gilbert Oller, Ashley Oller and Jonathan Ryan Dela Cruz; two sisters, Nene Bautista and Imelda Manez; and four brothers, Marcelo Dela Cruz, Robert Dela Cruz, Benjamin Dela Cruz and Larry Dela Cruz.

She was preceded in rest by her husband, Arturo Santos; son, Abel Santos; mother, Rosario Paguia Dela Cruz; father, Ambrosio Dela Cruz; stepmother, Segunda Pangilinan Dela Cruz; three sisters, Tacing Deyro, Celing Dela Cruz and Teresita Ducabo; and two brothers, Godofredo Dela Cruz and Serafin Dela Cruz.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 29, at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 30, at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, with interment following in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Garden of Devotion.

In accordance with current social distancing guidelines as outlined by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s orders, Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens guests are asked to practice social distancing and facial covering guidelines. All guests are required to wear facial covering while attending services at our locations, and while maintaining the 6-foot social-distancing guidelines. During visitations, guests will be limited to 10 persons at a time. During funeral services, guests will be limited to 50% capacity of the Woodlawn Funeral Home Chapel. For graveside services, guests are asked to still maintain the aforementioned social distancing and facial covering guidelines. All guests are required to provide their own facial coverings. These guidelines reflect the orders effective Friday, May 29, and are subject to change upon the Virginia Governor’s orders.

Share online condolences with the family at Woodlawn Funeral Home.

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