Brenda Jane Knobbe
July 27, 1925 until July 25, 2023
Marilyn McMaster Santa Cruz, 97, of Bella Vista, AR died at Circle of Life, Bentonville, on July 25, 2023. She was born in New Orleans, LA on July 27, 1925 to Harry McMaster of Northern Ireland and Marguerite O’Shaughnessy McMaster of New Orleans. She was married to Hayward “Sandy” Santa Cruz, her beloved husband of 49 years, who passed in 1997.
Marilyn was bilingual and during the 1940s worked as a Spanish stenographer for a Spanish/American import/export company in New Orleans. She enjoyed playing duplicate bridge and the violin and organ. After moving to Bella Vista in 2005, she volunteered at the Bella Vista Public Library and was a tutor for ESL students.
Marilyn is survived by two daughters, Diane S. Hine (Jerald) of Bella Vista and Gail Hartgraves of Bella Vista; two sons, Mark Santa Cruz of Bella Vista and Bruce Santa Cruz (Aline) of Lafayette, LA; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Dean Santa Cruz. She will be laid to rest at Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans, LA.
Memorials may be made to Benton County Meals on Wheels.