Remembering Auntie Bea

Brigida Reyes Guzman Lizama, 79, died on April 30, in Arlington, VA. She had lived in Arlington for 5 years and in the Washington, DC, area, including Oxon Hill, MD, for four decades. A proud Chamorro, she was born in Hagatna, Guam, the oldest of the seven children of Ana Reyes Guzman and Jose “lcha” Guzman, a well-known Guamanian baseball player.

Educated in Guam, she married Roberto L. G. Lizama in 1949 and left the island in 1951 to follow his U. S. Navy career in San Diego and Vallejo, CA, and Albuquerque, NM.  Though the family returned to Guam to live for a brief period in the late 1960’s, Mrs. Lizama spent most of her life in the Washington, DC, area.  During that time her husband, by then a Chief Petty Officer, worked as a White House chef during four presidential administrations.

Mrs. Lizama became active in the Guam Society of America and was particularly engaged with the society’s Roberto L.G. Lizama Memorial Classic, a golf tournament named for her husband after his death in 2000.