FLORA BENITEZ (1932 – 2014) Flora “Lala” Cruz Benitez, 81, a resident of Las Vegas for 16 years, passed away peacefully Feb. 26, 2014. She retired from Liberty House Kahala after 33 years of service. Flora was born in Kahuku, Hawaii, to Antonio Cruz and Maria Pacheco Cruz, Oct. 20, 1932. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Cheyne. She was the last surviving sibling of a family that included two brothers, Julio and Tito; and five sisters, Maria, Melia, Lola, Ata and Rita. She is survived by her companion, Jose Sao; son, Brian T. Benitez; daughters, Colleen Gail Peterson and Leanne Benitez; eight grand- children, Jolie, Kaile, Keenan, Lucas, Shaunn, Chianne, Sashiana and Barrett; six great grandchildren; and a large and close extended family. Celebration of life prayer services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at St. Rochs Church, 56-350 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku. Lunch will follow in the Parish Hall. The following day, we will bid Lala a fond Aloha O’e with a paddle out at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 30, at Kaiser Bowl behind the Ilikai Hotel. Family and friends welcome to attend.