S: Mom's Eulogy - May 26, 2011
BC: 03.28.1947 to 05.26.2011
FC: Mom's Eulogy - May 26, 2011
1: Mom was a true princess in every sense of the word
2: Mom was born on March 28, 1947 in Camiling, Philippines but grew up in Baguio City. She lived in this house... | ...with her mom and dad, | her two brothers Mar and Rolly | and her sister Gloria.
3: As a young girl, she was supposedly quite mischievous and quite a handful for her parents.
4: After completing high school, it was time for Mom to go to university. Her mother had always wanted her to take commerce but she tricked her and entered the school of nursing which ended up being her true calling.
5: She graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing in 1968. | Around that time, there was a big demand for nurses in Canada and 72 of her classmates received postings all over Canada.
6: Mom and 6 others, nicknamed the group of 7, ended up in The Pas although they thought they were to be in Winnipeg. The address they were given said Winnipeg, The Pas. Much to their surprise, it was not the big city lights of Winnipeg but the small town of The Pas where they ended up. It was winter time when they arrived. As innocent as they were they ate snow which they had never seen before and were told especially not to eat the yellow snow. They also wanted to know when they would be able to get their dog sled ride. Mom had great respect for the friends and co-workers who were aboriginal but she admitted when she first arrived in The Pas she wondered where their feathers were as her images of them were influenced only by Hollywood western films of "Cowboys and Indians". With that said, Mom was often mistaken for being aboriginal in The Pas. I remember many times when she was buying something from a store and would be asked if she had a treaty number. She would always answer them with a “Yes. My treaty number is number 1”. This always brought a smile to someone’s face.
7: In The Pas, their home was one of two houses provided to them. There was a grey house and then the luxurious white house. | The white house consisted of approximately 900 sq. ft. and was home to Mom and the girls while they stayed in The Pas. Mom worked as an Operating Room nurse right until she retired in 2002. Being new to winter conditions, there was the story of the girls being scared to walk through the snow to throw out their garbage so they accumulated it in the back porch. This created a mouse infestation and the girls kept a diary of the death toll. Their rodent control techniques were somewhat unique. One mouse was found crawling into a speaker. The girls plugged the hole and cranked the music up as loud as it could go thinking death by “The Beatles” was an appropriate method of rodent control.
8: Mom loved OR nursing and always had fun doing it. If it wasn’t for joking around with the other girls, it was playing pranks on the doctors. As usual, Mom was often the instigator. One favorite prank was putting cellophane on the doctor’s toilets. All these pranks were taken in good stride and it made for an enjoyable work environment where she fit in well.
9: It was at a party where Dad first noticed Mom which led to their first date. Dating Mom was especially fun for Dad, as dates often consisted of not only one but seven girls in his car. Many great times were had during this period. Mom purchased her first car, a 1967 red mustang. While she didn’t have her drivers licence yet, she would sit in it and go back and forth in the driveway. When she finally tried for her drivers licence, people told her to just wear a mini skirt and it worked. She wasn’t even required to parallel park.
10: On May 1, 1971 Mom and Dad got married.
11: She was given away by her Canadian dad Dr. Martin Oboyle and Canadian mom Antoinette Oboyle. Our parents referred to each other as Mahal. Mahal means “my love” in Filipino. It was mostly used in an affectionate way but on occasion was yelled “MAHAL!!” when Dad was in trouble. This past May, Mom and Dad celebrated their 40th anniversary. I think it’s worth saying they had a very special bond and were great role models as a married couple. Just to show their love for each other, my parents planned their retirements to both be on the same day which was May 1st, their wedding anniversary.
12: Mom first introduced Dad to the Philippines in 1972 and over the years made the trip as many as 8 or 9 times. On every trip, they would stop over in Hawaii for a short time. | This started her love of Hawaii. After retirement our parents spent several winters there.
13: With the many times in Hawaii, Mom became interested in playing the ukulele. She attended lessons wherever they were given for free. She enjoyed the lessons and connecting with others from all over the world.
15: Their love for travel also brought them to many places in Mexico, Texas and a cruise of the Caribbean to mention a few. After each trip, what amazed us the most were the stories of friends they had met along the way and the connections they kept once back at home.
16: Mom loved sports and excelled in every sport she tried. She first took up bowling and pretty well won every available trophy. She then got involved in curling. Her team was the “No speak-um English” team as it
17: consisted of 3 Finlanders and 1 Filipino and later, a Ukrainian joined the team. Their team was the one to contend with and they won many bonspiels in northern Manitoba. Many good times were had during her curling days.
18: Dad then introduced Mom to golf and in true form, after a few lessons, was hitting a long and straight ball. Golf became a passion and almost an obsession with her and she was soon winning tournaments all over northern Manitoba and Winnipeg. The golf course in The Pas was only 9 holes and we would remember her doing 2 or 3 rounds of golf before going to work almost every day.
19: She even represented northern Manitoba several times in provincial tournaments. She didn’t need to buy golf bags, she won them. Dad would often drive her crazy on the course when he would decide not to keep score or pull out his foot wedge when in the rough.
20: Over the past few months, and especially the past few weeks, we have been touched at the outpour of support that friends have given us.
21: The food, flowers and kind words seemed to be never ending and was a great help to us during this time. Seeing this support brings us comfort knowing that we are going to be ok.
22: This is truly the world Mom and Dad have created for themselves. It was very obvious when we lived in The Pas and is now so in Pinawa.
23: People are drawn to Mom and Dad because of the way they make people feel comfortable around them. They have always had an open door into their home to welcome and celebrate friends and family, both new and old.
25: Many people have shared their thoughts about Mom and what she meant to them.
26: Someone told me although they had only met Mom a couple of times, they knew she was a lovely person. | He thought it was obvious that the likeable qualities he saw in me were instilled by my mom.
27: This was truly a complement to me and made me very proud as I know Mom is one of the nicest people you could ever meet.
28: Mom’s lifetime was a very rich and enduring life because of the way she lived it and the way she treated the people around her.
29: She will be fondly remembered by all of us who were lucky enough to be a part of her life.
30: Her heart was truly golden and everyone felt her loving warmth whenever she was around.
32: We will miss her but find comfort in knowing she will always be watching over us while she is golfing with God.
33: We love you Mom.