Liddy Tayag Waling, 75, accomplished clothing designer and seamstress

Liddy Tayag Waling

LOS ANGELES — Liddy Tayag Waling, 75, former longtime resident of Wilmington, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, due to COVID-19 at Southern California Hospital at Culver City, Los Angeles, California. She was born March 20, 1945, in Angeles City, Philippines.

Liddy graduated from Santa Ysabel High School and received a diploma from St. Scholastica College in Manila, Philippines.

Liddy was an accomplished clothing designer and seamstress, having been taught to sew at the age of 7, and learning to create her beautiful pieces without the use of a pattern. For a time, while living in Washington state, Liddy owned a custom clothing design and alteration shop. She specialized in wedding dresses and headpieces. She had the honor of designing, altering and sewing wedding dresses for several friends and family members, which are treasured memories. In her later years, she developed a love of crochet and embroidery.

She enjoyed observing the colors in the world around her and taking pictures of whatever struck her as beautiful to use as “inspiration” for her embroidery designs. Liddy often created things as a hobby, her “projects,” as she would call them, and would lovingly gift her creations to friends and family. Crocheted dish towels and doilies, embroidered vests and pillow covers or shawls displaying colorful flowers and butterflies are some of her beloved gifts and will forever be cherished.

Liddy also loved to cook traditional Filipino food. Her lumpia was always made in large batches to give away to friends and family and bring to gatherings. Her adobo was the perfect comfort food, and she never made a dessert that was short of perfect. When her daughters became vegetarian, pancit was an easy favorite to adapt to their new diet.

She loved to talk on the phone with friends and family, and she was a prolific writer, having journaled for as long as her daughters can remember. She often said that she wrote her journals to leave behind for her daughters so that they would “know her better.” Liddy loved community and enjoyed attending spiritual events with her daughter Denise, where she would sing and sway to music, shining her light on those she crossed paths with.

Liddy was curious of the world around her, which led her to spending late nights listening to talk radio shows on healing, relationships and metaphysics. Liddy shared a love of color and creativity with eldest daughter Anna. Favored pastimes of theirs included sewing, design and millinery. Liddy was most proud of her three devoted, loving daughters and the close relationship she developed with them over the years. She was loving and affectionate, funny, philosophical and introspective, bright, perceptive, stubborn, thoughtful, an unending well of wisdom and advice, steadfast in her love and will be missed very much.

Liddy was preceded in death by her parents, Trifen and Angelina; and sister, Theresa (Leonardo) DeVilla.

Liddy is survived by her daughters, Anna (James) Aki, Pilar (Michael) May and Denise Waling; siblings, Marner (Victoria) Tayag, Lorna (Donald) Walters, Fernando (Crisanta) Tayag, Cecilia (Joseph) Novosel, Carmen (Charles) Knauer, Ramon (Luzviminda) Tayag, Cristina (Sejon) Ding, Robert (Lynette) Tayag and Normal (Rowena) Tayag; and a host of beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. EST, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, via Zoom. A private in-person funeral service for immediate family will be held at a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration for the memorial is available via Eventbrite.

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