Justina Mae Manglona, 84, quietly passed away Sunday evening, Jan. 5, 2014, surrounded by her children and family.
Mae was born in Hagatna, Guam, on May 14, 1929 to parents, Jose Camacho and Maria Blas Espinosa Manibusan, both of Barrigada, Guam. Mae obtained her degree in education and was a school teacher for many years prior to her marriage to Tomas M. Manglona, of Maina, Guam. Her husband’s Air Force career took them to Europe and the mainland United States, where they eventually retired and settled in Fairfield, Calif.
Mae began her second career as wife, mother, and homemaker; raising four children and caring for additional nieces and nephews. She was an active member of Holy Spirit Church and school. As the children grew, Mae returned to school and gained an additional degree in early childhood education. Mae enjoyed sewing, cooking, taking care of her family and especially doting on her grandchildren.
Mae was a skilled seamstress having made numerous dresses for her daughters through the years, culminating with each of their wedding gowns. Her talent was soon redirected to her granddaughters. Mae loved to bake and cook for the family and got great satisfaction and pleasure in doing so. Each meal was a celebration that did not need a holiday to call family together. For the family was the definition of cooking with love.
Her late husband, Tomas Manglona, preceded Mae in death.
Mae was also preceded in death by her parents, Judge Jose and Maria Manibusan; siblings, Judge Joaquin, Jesus, Juan, Julita, Pedro, Justo, Jose and wife Elsie, James, Ana and Dolores Manibusan, and brother-in-law Matias L.G. Perez.
Mae is survived by her sister, Maria “Tita” Manibusan Perez of Sinajana, Guam; children, Thomas F. Manglona (son), Anna Concepcion (daughter) and Joe Concepcion, Doris (daughter) and Thomas Biggins, Susan Quichocho (daughter) and Vince Quichocho; grandchildren, Liana (granddaughter) and Vince Reyes, Jarrod Concepcion (grandson), John “Jake” Concepcion (grandson), Lauren (granddaughter) and Paul Lanier, Thomas (grandson) and Laura Biggins, Jacqueline Justina Biggins (granddaughter), Vincent Quichocho (grandson); five great-grandchildren, Malakai Reyes, Aviana Reyes, Paul Lanier, IV, Thomas Biggins, IV, Amariah Lanier.
Rosary held nightly at 6 p.m. at Bryan-Baker Funeral Home in Fairfield, Calif. Viewing will start at 4:30 p.m., rosary 6 to 8 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Bryan-Baker Funeral home in Fairfield, Calif. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Burial will be in Fairfield-Suisun Cemetery.
Arrangements under the care of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home 1850 W. Texas St. Fairfield, Calif. 94533.