Lydia Cruz Mann
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Lydia Cruz Mann , Age: 84
June 19, 1933 -- March 06, 2018

Lydia was born in Agana, Guam, as the 11th of 12 children. Two of her siblings had passed away as children before her birth; one was named Henry, for whom a subsequent brother was named, and one was named Lydia, after whom she was named.

Lydia survived the Japanese occupation of Guam after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in WWII. She lost two brothers, Teddy Cruz and David Cruz, during the war. She spoke her native language of Chamorro, some Japanese, and became fluent in English. After the war, Lydia continued her education at George Washington High School and became the Junior Prom Queen in 1951, graduating in 1952. After high school, she began college classes on Guam, completed a teacher’s program, and taught second grade at Asan School. She met her future husband, a sailor stationed on the island named Richard (Dick) Mann. He was later stationed in San Diego, so Lydia transferred to college there. They were married on September 14, 1956, at the First Baptist Church on Coronado Island. After Dick was discharged from the Navy, he and Lydia moved back to his hometown of Topeka, KS, where Dick finished college and they started their family. Later they moved to Kansas City, where Lydia became a successful Avon lady. In her personal time, she was known for her cooking and baking, and enjoyed sharing her culinary talents with family and friends. Lydia loved laughing and dancing, was devoted to her family, and held a strong belief in God. Lydia passed away peacefully at her residence in Burien, Washington, after visiting with her family, on March 6, 2018, at the age of 84.

In addition to the two brothers she lost during the war, she was predeceased by her parents, Jesus and Juliana Cruz, a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Gloria Cruz, a brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Jean Cruz, a sister and brother-in-law, Rosaline and Mariano Taitano, a sister-in-law, Rosita Cruz (m. Peter Cruz), a brother and sister-in-law, Tomas and Violet Cruz, a sister-in-law, Faye Cruz (m. Henry Cruz). In addition, she was predeceased by her husband, Richard Mann, a sister-in-law, Mona (Mann) Hepfer, and a niece, Cindy Jackson.

She is survived by a daughter, Iris McKay of California, a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl Carr-Poulsen and Frank Poulsen of Washington, three grandsons, Genesis Benjamin Carr of Texas, Christopher McKay and Matthew Zybala both of California, a granddaughter, her husband, and a great grandson, Serenity Carr, Jeff Butcher, and Artemas Carr all of Massachusetts, Genesis and Serenity’s sister, Abigail Carr of Kansas, a step-grandson and his wife, Christopher Poulsen and Shanda Naylor of Washington, D.C., a step-granddaughter and a step-great granddaughter, Selene Poulsen and Viviana Rodriguez both of Washington. In addition, she is survived by a brother, Peter Cruz of Guam, a brother, Henry Cruz of Indiana, a brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Maria Cruz of Guam, a sister-in-law, Margarita Cruz (m. Robert Cruz) of California, a brother-in-law, Robert Hepfer (m. Mona Hepfer) of Michigan, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Daniel and Margaret Mann of Oklahoma, a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary (Mann) and Daniel Jackson of Kansas, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Melodie Mann of Oklahoma, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. She will be missed.

Memorial Services will be held at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018.

Additional Service: Memorial Service
Location: Porter Funeral Home
Address: 8535 Monrovia St.
City: Lenexa
State: Kansas
Zip Code: 66215
Date: June 30, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm
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