Teresa Cruz


Age: 89

Mexican-American community leader and co-founder of the Arizona social-services agency Chicanos Por La Causa who helped to found the agency in 1969 and worked for it as a counselor for more than 40 years (she was honored by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016 with an award named for Puerto Rican baseball legend Roberto Clemente under a Major League Baseball initiative setting aside a seat in each ballpark for a community hero), who was also honored in 2012 as an Arizona Latina Trailblazer by Phoenix College's Raul H. Castro Institute, and who was active with Chicanos Por La Causa until her physical limitations became too great last year.

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Born: September 18, 1927

Died: August 17, 2017

Phoenix, Arizona