Former Long Beach teacher, Lydia Torres passed away on Thursday, March 7th at the age of 55. Ms. Torres was commonly known as Lila by her family and friends, and was always known to have a great sense of humor and free spirit. Lila was one of a kind, and will always be remembered for her immense love for family, travel and culture. Throughout her life, she accomplished every personal goal as a mother and lived out her dreams. Lila relentlessly pursued higher education and dedicated almost 30 years of her life to teaching. She graduated in 1981 from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish. Her teaching career began at Mary Star of the Sea High School and St. Pius X Parish Elementary School. She then spent 22 years with the Long Beach Unified School District teaching math, Spanish and dance primarily at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Millikan High School, Lakewood High School, and Washington Middle School. Lila had an exceptional gift for mentoring and guiding students in life. She also ensured that her two daughters seized every learning opportunity and provided them with the highest quality of life. Notorious for spontaneous adventures and travels, she will forever be a role model to her children, nieces and nephews, and students, instilling upon them the importance of living life to its fullest. Lila will be honored as the most giving, loving, intelligent and amiable woman. Ms. Torres was preceded in death by her father, Edward Torres. She is survived by her two daughters, Analidia Ruiz and Mary Ruiz; mother, Lucille (Ignacio) Flores; three sisters, Vivian Torres, Norma (Rudy) Alba and Tina Torres; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 15th at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in adoration of the incredible life she lived. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com and dailybreeze.com.
Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2013