Ida Bitanga Laoyan

“Life is what you make. It’s only going to be what you make it, and it’s up to you.”

Ida Bitanga Laoyan, 88, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2016 with family by her side in Sacramento, CA. Born on July 11, 1927 in Lihue, Kauai, Ida was the sixth of seven children of Rufino and Juana Bitanga. The Bitangas moved back to the Philippines when she was nine years old. In 1950, Ida married Mariano Lopez, and they had five children. Despite Mariano’s early death, Ida persevered, raised her children, later married Generoso Laoyan and had four more children.

Ida successfully brought her entire family to the United States in 1971, giving them a chance at a better life in a new world of opportunity. She taught her children and grandchildren to love family, friends and community and instilled strong values of education, hard work and accountability. Ida enjoyed gatherings, watching her grandkids, gardening, watching the Golden Girls show and chartering buses to Reno.

She is survived by her sister, Natividad De La Cruz, her husband, Generoso Laoyan Sr. and her children: Hansel Lopez, Odette Guerrero, Ador Lopez, Leo Lopez, Jackie Lopez, Gem Laoyan, Raoul Laoyan, Urduja Laoyan and Gene Laoyan Jr. Ida is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ida is dearly loved and missed, and her family is dedicated to continuing her legacy of love, strength and living life to its fullest potential. Celebrate her life on Thursday, March 31 2016 at Saint Joseph Parish in Elk Grove, CA with a viewing at 5 p.m. and Rosary at 6 p.m. The mass for Christian Burial will begin Friday, April 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Saint Joseph Parish in Elk Grove, CA followed by procession to Saint Mary’s Cemetery.

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