Geneva Cruz took to social media to share her birthday message for her late mother, Marilyn Cruz, who would've turned 64 on Tuesday, August 17.
Through an Instagram post, the former Smokey Mountain singer paid tribute to her mom, who passed away earlier this year due to COVID-19.
"Mama, you told me that I've grown so much over the years and that you are proud of who I have become. You loved me even when I was lost, misunderstood, and perceived as a crazy woman by people who wanted me to fail; and loved me the same when I became an emotionally responsible, self-assured, and more intelligent version of myself who speaks her truth and knows what she wants. There was never a day when you weren’t there for me, thank you for teaching me what unconditional love means through actions, and because of that, I'm able to show my children that same kind of love," she said.
"Mama, the magnitude of your love will never be forgotten, from your selflessness to your generosity; you had a beauty that shone from the inside out. As your child, I hope to reflect that in everything I do, and each day I sincerely thank God for you. Every hint of you reminds me that I am one of the luckiest daughters ever," she added.
To end her post, Geneva shared her promise for her "angel mama."
"Happy 64th Birthday, angel mama! I am thinking of you and celebrating your life with tears rolling down my cheeks. Life has gone on without you, but it'll never be the same. I remain and forever will be your mini-me, I promise to make you prouder each day as I reach the dreams you weren’t able to achieve for the family. I love you so very much," she said.
It was back in April when Geneva revealed that her mother was infected by COVID-19. At the time, she said that her mom had "been hit hard" by the deadly virus as she had both hypertension and diabetes.
After eight days in the hospital, the elder Cruz succumbed to COVID-19. In her previous post, Geneva stressed that indeed, "COVID is real," and that it is "over ten times lethal as the flu," as she admitted that she's still dealing with the pain of losing her mom days after her passing.