Marjorie S. Cryar (Tutu)
We sadly announce the passing of our mother, Santa Rosa’s unofficial hula lady, Margie Cryar. Mom passed on June 22, 2018 surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness. She is survived and greatly missed by her children; Jon-Nolan Paresa, BettyLee (Phoenix) De los Santos, Carla (Noel) Alven and Paul (Angie) Cryar. Also surviving her are her grandchildren; Betina (Xavier) Enriquez, Vanessa Gonzalez, Mary Betts, Robin Betts, Ryan Cryar, Cameron Cryar; and her great-grandchildren; Cord Enriquez, Jazz Enriquez, Bryson Naterra-Lopez, Christian Kylie Lopez, Danilo Gonzalez, Denieko Gonzalez, Daenian Gonzalez and Evin Weeks. And to round off the list, her sister-in-law, brother-in-law, many nieces and nephews and their extended families.
Proudly born in 1929 in Waipahu, Hawaii to the late John and Mary Silva. She met Dad in Hawaii and they were married in 1955. For the next 20 years, they traveled around the United Sates and Europe following the Army’s whims. Military life and traveling were so different to that young “island” girl but so exciting. They retired and settled down in San Jose.
Also preceding her in death and to welcome her are her husband of 56 years, Lt. Col. Carl Cryar and her siblings; Agnes Martin, Manual Silva, Albert Silva, Betty Costa, Irene Moreno and Gabriel Silva. They must be having some welcome party for her in heaven.
Mom loved a good party; she was the happiest when she was around lively, vibrant people. She especially loved to dance the hula; winning many competitions for her dancing. After she and Dad moved up from San Jose, she found a hula group here and spent many years dancing at birthday parties, anniversary parties, retirement homes and other special engagements around town.
When she wasn’t dancing, she could be found down at Montgomery Village in a coffee shop chatting with her many friends or watching the concerts. Everyone she met was to be a friend of hers. She loved to talk. During her more sedate times, she would crochet and watch her “stories”. Mom was very generous with her creations giving them to military veterans to keep their heads warm, to relatives for their new babies or to her friends.
We invite her friends to join us as we say goodbye to Mom. A memorial service will be on Saturday, June 30, 11:00 am-12:30 pm at Darling & Fischer Garden Chapel; 471 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose. Followed by a short graveside service at Los Gatos Memorial Park; 2255 Los Gatos-Almaden Road, San Jose. Not a fan of wearing black, Mom asked that everyone come in “Hawaiian-style” attire.