Aurora San Pascual Jose (Mommy/Ninang/Lola/Lola-Lola) joined our Creator peacefully on July 28, 2019 at the age of 89 years. She will forever be remembered by daughters Josephine and Marivic, her sons in law Jim and Mel, grandchildren Jamie and her husband Derek, Joanna and her husband Marlon, Michael and Matthew, great grandchildren Brooklyn, Ethan and Mia, her brothers Louie and Romy and her niece Flor. She will also be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family and friends.
Our mom was born on September 6, 1929 in San Mateo, Rizal Philippines to Arsenio San Pascual and Roqueza Alberto. At 16, she experienced the events of World War II in her hometown. Her family escaped Japanese soldiers (who occupied their house), by walking to the mountains bringing with them food and water, moving from house to house to sleep at night. She graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at Centro Escolar University in Manila, Philippines. She married Dominador Jose in 1957, and opened a retail drugstore, JosieMar, in Santa Mesa, Manila, where as a pharmacist, she was involved in the day to day operations of the store. They had two daughters, Josephine who was born in 1959 and Marivic who was born in 1961.
Our Tito Louie encouraged our Mom to apply for a visa during the late 60's as a pharmacist. In 1974, she was given a professional visa to the United States. She moved to New York City where her brother lived. Our Dad was not in favor of moving permanently to the US because he thought he might not be able to find a job. Our Mom wanted to experience life in the US as well as provide a better life for her family.
Her first job was at Macy's. She worked there for two years, but when she could not handle the harsh winters, she decided to move back to the Philippines. Two years later, she traveled to San Francisco to visit a college friend. From there, she decided to move permanently to San Francisco.
Our mom cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren. She was so happy to attend their graduations, weddings and birth of her great grandchildren. She enjoyed eating and traveling to new places in the US and abroad. She has visited Europe, New Orleans, Washington, DC, Orlando, Boston, cruise to Mexico, Niagara Falls, Montreal and Toronto, Canada, Dallas and San Antonio. During trips to Las Vegas, she preferred to watch a show and eat buffet. She truly enjoy watching four movies in a single day with her best friends. She loved her reality TV shows, her walks while praying the rosary every day, shopping and chatting with her friends on the phone.
Mom, when we think of you, we will always remember the good memories. We will remember you for the unconditional love you gave your family and those who knew you. Thank you for your love, to be respectful and loyal to family. Thank you for all you have done so that your family can have a better life. It gives us comfort to know that you are with Dad and will be forever looking over us. Your legacy will live in our hearts forever.