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.




  • Denise Granderson says:

    Greg, Our Condolence to you & family!! My Words can’t express how sorry I was to hear about your mother. Her memories & Love will always be with you and you’re family… Just knowing that you’re not alone and are loved by so many people will help you and your family gets through this time of sorrow. Remember you’re always in our Heart, ~Love the Granderson’s~

  • Rita Woods Jensen says:

    Sorry to hear of the passing of your wife Roy and your mother Barbara. I remember your family was also one of the early families at St Lawrence. We lost Mom & Dad a few years ago. Nothing prepares you for this. May God give you the strength to get you through.

  • Bernadette and Steve Chatten says:

    Rich: We know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. It’s the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that you will remember. The laughs, the stories, the smiles, it is these memories that will help push the pain away and bring back the smiles. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Frank and Jeanette (Null) Laprezioso says:

    Please accept our sympathy in the death of Mrs. Desmangles. There are reasons that some parents stay in teachers’ minds. We remember Mrs. D. as being supportive of our efforts. Her children are testaments to her skills and love as a mother. Retired teachers- Campos Verdes Jr. High

  • Jean Weller-Paman says:

    Roy Jr….My deepest sympathy to you and your family. She was a kind, generous and lovely woman. You were all in Gods favor because he blessed you with such a wonderful mother.

  • Barbara Conyers-Cook says:

    I am so sorry about Miss Ann’s passing. I am just now reading about it. Had I known, I would have been there. I will always remember the closeness our families had, when we first moved to California. My condolences to the Desmangles family. Love, Barbara Conyers-Cook

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