MELVIA JEAN MA'A Melvia Jean Ma'a, 87, originally from Kaimuki, Hawai'i was peacefully ushered into heaven Friday morning, August 28, 2015. Her strong faith in God, love for her family and resolute will to live life fully were consistent attributes throughout her time with us. Melvia was the only girl born to Thomas Benjamin Duncan and Gladys Kaohuaaionaali'i Manu on October 24, 1927. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, she worked as a nurse's aid at Lanakila Hospital, a legal secretary for a Law office, and following motherhood, she held aerospace administrative assistant positions and eventually retired from Martin Marietta in the early 80's. She married Edwin Thomas Ma'a June 28, 1952 at Saint Patrick Catholic Church and together they raised six children, traveled the world as an Air Force family, created numerous memories, collected treasured keepsakes and gained many close friendships. She was an altruistic wife and a committed mother dedicated to training up her children, in a supportive and encouraging manner. She never hesitated to help with homework no matter the hour, faithfully provided the best home cooked meals and desserts and understood the importance of bringing the family together every night at the dinner table for fellowship. Attending mass on Sunday was a weekly family constant without fail. Known to many for her generous, caring nature, and charitable spirit, she supported numerous organizations benefiting children, Veterans and people in need. Her ease with frequent conversation often included life stories and her memories of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Throughout her life she maintained a demeanor, which won the trust and hearts of many. She was truly blessed! Melvia was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers Thomas, William and Henry, her husband and a daughter Edwynna Noelani Flanagan. She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Michelle Ma'a-Storey, Teri Ma'a and Arlene Ma'a; two sons, Russell Ma'a and Brian Ma'a; grandchildren, great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other living family and close friends. A funeral mass in Hawaii will be held at Saint Patrick Catholic Church, 1124 7th Avenue in Honolulu on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Internment will follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at 2:00 PM. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Dudley Hoffman Mortuary. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Melvia Ma'a Scholarship Fund at Saint Louis de Montfort Catholic School, 5095 Harp Road, Santa Maria California 93455.
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