Throughout her life, Lily had a passion for music. Known for her lovely alto voice, she was an active member of a choir group in her hometown. Even at age 90 she would practice the piano for so many hours straight that her family would joke “she is playing her concerto now”. So on July 26, 2020, when Lily lost her life due to a sudden brain hemorrhage, her family honored her by playing her favorite songs. Lily enjoyed a long and full life. She did not let tragedies define her. Born on April 23, 1930 in the Philippines, Lily grew up during World War II and suffered the loss of her home and the deaths of her two young siblings. After the war, she was forced to quit school at an early age to begin work. Despite these misfortunes, Lily never lost her faith or her positive spirit. She continued her education and found her calling as an elementary school teacher. Known for her warmth and kindness, she maintained close ties with many of her former students until her death. Lily loved unconditionally and selflessly. She married the love of her life, Manuel, and stayed with him until his death. She dedicated her life to her husband and her two children, Augusto and Felani. When her husband’s health deteriorated, she took care of him on her own while also doing her fulltime job. When her mother became sick, she was happy to take care of her as well. She was also very close to her sisters in law, whom she loved as her own sisters. They supported each other throughout the years and their special bond was incredibly meaningful to her. A deeply religious woman, she prayed for all her loved ones every day and touched so many hearts. Back in her hometown, she was a devoted leader in her church group, Couples for Christ, where she mentored other couples. She was generous to a fault when it came to family and friends in need. After her retirement from teaching, Lily moved to the US to live with her daughter. Following her love of working with children, she joined the cafeteria staff of St. Mary’s elementary school and met so many friends and colleagues whom she collectively called her St. Mary’s family. Her life would be less full without their love and support. Besides having a big heart, Lily was effortlessly beautiful and charming, with a natural talent for storytelling. Prior to her death, Lily was planning to travel the world with her daughter. They had been to several US cities and countries, with her favorite trip being the Holy Land in Israel. Aside from her family and friends, her biggest joys in life were flowers, music, dancing and her faith. Every day she’d smile and thank God for all the blessings in her life. Lily’s legacy is reflected through the success of her family and her countless students. Her dream was for her two children to achieve a better life and she was tremendously proud that they both did. In her gentle and caring way, Lily always encouraged her grandkids to focus on their education and often said “follow your passion”. She is survived by her daughter (Felani), daughter-in-law (Josephine), her 7 grandchildren (Bobby, Maricel, Michael, Jenny, Bianca, Christine and Nicole), and her 6 great-grandchildren. We were so lucky to have her in our lives. Lily, thank you for always being there for us, inspiring us and loving us as we are. We will miss you forever and we love you so much. The visitation will be held at Chapel of the Valley on Saturday August 8, 2020 from 1pm to 4pm US PT. Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, only 10 people can be inside the building at any one time. More details to follow. Thank you.
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