Houston Filipino family celebrates life of retired nurse who lost battle to coronavirus

HOUSTON, TX — Even in death, she did what she always loved to do: serving her community.

For her loved-ones, Ofelia, or “Ping,” a retired Houston Fil-Am nurse was one of a kind.

She touched so many lives, including her family, her grandkids, her nieces and nephews, her kumpares, and her beloved.

The retired Houston Fil-Am nurse was visiting the Philippines to attend the inauguration of a classroom that her organization, the Pangasinan Women’s Club of Texas, helped build.

But the club president fell ill, and suffered from incessant coughing, fever and tightness of chest.

It turned out that she was positive for coronavirus before her March 18 passing.

As a safety precaution, Ping’s husband and travel companions had to be quarantined.

As devastating as her death is, Ping’s family chose to focus on celebrating the 67-year-old Filipina’s life.

Ping migrated to Texas in 1977, married her longtime classmate Felix, became a mother of two, and eventually a grandmother of four.

According to her family, Ping’s proudest accomplishment was providing her two sons with a good education so they could pursue every opportunity available to them.

She also dedicated her life to being a nurse.

And upon her retirement, she chose to continue a life of service – helping the community of Houston and most especially her homeland, the Philippines.

“She truly was the picture of love and service, even until her last days, she was doing mission work in the Philippines. She will be so missed by us all. I know her legacy lives within us and her love will always be with us.”

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