Lena Faye Cusseaux was born on April 22, 1938, in Jacksonville, Texas to James and Lena Douglas. She
was the fifth of ten children born to this union. Her family relocated to Tucson, Arizona leaving Lena
behind to be lovingly raised by her grandmother who was a midwife, until her health improved. Due
to her sweet nature, her grandmother nicknamed her “Sweet”, a name she would carry throughout
her life. Lena eventually joined her family in Tucson. While living in Tucson at an early age, she
accepted Christ as Savior and Lord of her life.
Lena received her formal education in the Tucson Unified School District. Shortly after high school,
Lena married her high school sweetheart Ernest McCray in 1957. To their union they had three
children, Debbie, Guy and Teresa. In 1962 they moved the family to San Diego, California.
Lena eventually became a single parent working in retail over 10 years. During this time, she also
enrolled in modeling school. Although she had an undeniable beauty, it took her attending modeling
school to begin to fall in love with herself and as she would say, “accepting my skinny legs and all”.
One night while out with friends, she met her soul mate David Cusseaux, who swept her off her feet
telling her she would never have to work again. They married 3 months later, on January 19, 1980.
She enjoyed being a ‘domestic engineer’ and having the liberty to accompany David as he traveled
with his job to places like Hawaii and Japan. She cherished those moments.
Lena could always be found in the kitchen, doing what she did best, cooking delicious meals for
family and friends. She also enjoyed reading, entertaining and engaging in great conversations.
Being the people person that she was, she never met a stranger.
Lena will be missed for her love of people, her giving spirit and her caring heart. It’s heartwarming
to know that in her last days, she often said, “I lived a good life!”. God blessed her here on earth and
called her home on July 27, 2021, to have an even better life with Him.
Lena is preceded in death by her parents, James and Lena Douglas, Husband David Cusseaux,
Daughter Debbie Spearman, Son Guy McCray, Sister Carol Holcombe, Sister Peggy Favors and
Brother John Douglas.Lena Cusseaux leaves to mourn her death and cherish her memory her daughter Teresa Wilson.
Grandchildren:Cedric (Susannah), Denisha and Andre Spearman of San Diego, California,
Marlon (Kelsey) Wilson of San Mateo, California, Brandi (Michael) Chisholm of
Escondido, California, Kinya Shaw of Round Rock, Texas, Latoya McCray of San
Diego, California, Guy McCray of Victorville, California and Brandon McCray
of La Jolla, California. Great-Grandchildren: Anfernee, Derrick, Tamia, Devyn, Kiara, Kameron, AJ, Kalaina, Keilan, Taylor
and Kaisa. Brothers: James (Viola) Douglas, Joe Douglas and Archie Douglas.Sisters: Dorothy Moore, Frances (James) Williams and Joann Gavins
A host of many relatives and dear friends.
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