Annie Virginia Desmangles
Oct 13, 1926 - Feb 18, 2014
Annie Virginia Desmangles “Mom” was born October 13, 1926 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to the late Virgie Newman “Best Mama”. Mom peacefully entered into rest to join the ancestors on February 18, 2014. She married Roy O. Desmangles Sr. on April 24, 1948 and was a loving mother to Richard H., Barbara A., Roy O. Jr. (Yasmin), Gregory W. Sr. (Sona), and Michael T. Desmangles (Angela). Mom was a model of perfection to us. She was a stunning example of wisdom, character and integrity. Annie V. Desmangles was our most famous homemaker and a community cultural icon with pure diva qualities! To family, Mom was the personification of gracious living. She made living on the border of Rio Linda and North Highlands pure rustic charm!
Did you know the Sacramento Desmangles family catering was the premier company highly sought after for decades by California Governors, politicians, and the Sacramento elite? Mom and Auntie Marie made the most delicious canopies and hors d’oeuvres in this region. Their food didn’t just look appealing, but tasted scrumptious.
Mom could take everyday meals and make them gourmet. Her homemaking skills included cooking, cake decorating, party/wedding planning, home decorating, entertaining, flower arranging, and gardening. She served as room mother for all five of her children; making holiday/ birthday cupcakes, and cookies that looked like they came from a French patisserie. It gave Mom great pride to watch others enjoy her food.
Mom’s quiet disposition was admired by many. Due to Mom and Dad’s 65 years of great parenting, they are confident that their children and grandchildren will take the lessons they taught us and continue to thrive and prosper. As children we often had to share Mom with others who demanded her attention. Mom was a matriarch in the community where young friends would venture to get an abundance of love.
After an important call from Uncle Eddie Newman “Uncle Ed.” Mom moved out West to Oakland California in the mid 40’s to begin her new adult life. Mom was a member of The Ladies of St. Peter Claver; she consistently bowled games of 200 plus with the Women’s Bowling League at Country Club Lanes; participated with Jack and Jill; Parent/Teacher Associations; and the Highland Scotts Booster Club. She distributed food on behalf of the less fortunate as a volunteer with the Senior Gleaners and was a charter member of the world famous “Lunch Bunch.”
Mom was proceeded in life by her mother, Virgie Newman “Best Mama” and brothers Columbus Cook “Uncle Buddy,” Uncle Artis Britton, Uncle Willie Britton “Brotha,” sister Louella Goodson “Aintee” or “Tuga” and our dear Uncle Eddie Newman “Uncle Ed.” In addition, she will be missed by eight (8) grandchildren – Cynne’ “Nay Nay”, Richard “Rico,” Chaquira “Chaka,” Carissa “Cari,” Greg Jr.”Captain,” Alyssa, Michael, and Roy III “Skipper” or “Big Man.” Also, one Great Grandchild Sophia “Sophie” and another one on the way… In addition, there are countless cousins, other relatives and a host of close friends.