SCURRY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A son is grieving after his mother, Tina Cruz, who prided herself in making her business selling tamales across North Texas since 2005 passed away.

Carlos Cruz said his Mother’s kitchen table was the place to gather around during the holiday season with a big plate of her hand rolled tamales.

“Everybody always asked – you got the tamales?,” said Cruz.

Tina Cruz opened Tamales Over Texas and started visited shopping centers and farmers markets across North Texas selling her wares ever since.

Carlos said the chicken, pork and beef tamales are the traditional ones; however, Tina liked to get creative.

“She was mega inventive,” said Carlos. “She had turkey and dressing. There was like a cheesecake one. People were saying these are the best tamales ever.”

This was supposed to be Tina’s biggest season yet.

“She was geared up too,” said Carlos. “She was like this is going to be a big year.”

Just a few weeks ago, Tina passed away unexpectedly.

“People are like ‘I’m sorry to hear about your Mom’ you know so you just kind of you get numb to it because it’s like I’m going to start making a joke because my Mom wouldn’t want me to be sad or nothing,” said Carlos, whose Mom prided herself on giving people a reason to smile.

“Her goal was to be the person in somebody’s life that they could go to,” said Carlos. “Anybody can carry Mom’s legacy on if they just start loving more and more each day.”