Isabel Quides Villarta
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Isabel Quides Villarta
  • July 3, 1918 - June 26, 2017
  • American Canyon, California

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Isabel Quides Villarta was born on July 3, 1918 to Telesforo Quides and Apolonia Alejo Quides in Camiling, Tarlac, in the Philippines. Her siblings were Irang, Julian, Guillermo, and Maria.

Following high school, Isabel studied dressmaking and cosmetology at the Deluxe Fashion School in Manila. On May 10, 1941, she married her high school sweetheart, Corporal Antonio Villarta Sr. at the Catholic Chapel in Fort William McKinley. While her husband fought in the war, Isabel was evacuated to the provinces. On April 26th, 1942, Isabel gave birth to their son Antonio Villarta, Jr. After the evacuation, she and Antonio Jr. returned to Tarlac where she learned that although her husband Antonio Sr. had survived the Death March of Bataan, he had died in the concentration camp on June 21, 1942.

The young widow supported her son working as a dressmaker, and as a teacher at the Deluxe Fashion School. Always hardworking and entrepreneurial, Isabel then opened her own school, the Camiling Vocational School to teach dressmaking and cosmetology.

Antonio Jr. moved to the United States after medical school, and Isabel followed soon after. She eventually moved to American Canyon where she continued to work as a dressmaker and a cosmetologist. Isabel also started a very successful Mary Kay business.

On June 26, 2017, Isabel passed away peacefully in her home. Isabel is survived by her son, Dr. Antonio Villarta Jr., daughter in-law Rosalinda Villarta, three granddaughters Daisy Villarta Demlow, Rosanna Villarta Brockley and Dr. Michelle Villarta, and three great grandchildren Madeline Isabel Demlow, Emily Demlow and Noah Villarta Garcia.

A funeral mass for Isabel will be held Friday, July 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM at St Margaret Catholic Church, 4300 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside, California, 92056. Following the funeral mass will be a burial at Eternal Hills Memorial Park, 1999 S El Camino Real, Oceanside, California.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.eternalhillsmortuary.com for the Villarta family.