Mary L. Dee
Mary L. Dee
  • September 13, 1932 - December 27, 2017
  • Temple, Texas

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It is with great sadness that the family of Mary "Lily" Dee announces her passing after a brief illness on December 27, 2017 in Temple. She was 85 years old.
She was preceded in death by her husband Tomas Dee and her parents Dominic and Matilde Lim. She is survived by her children, Jeannie (Jim) Frei, Vicky (Johnny) Advincula, Ginia (Gino) Sison, Andy (Joyce) Dee, Matt (Corey) Gokingco, Ronnie (Dennis) Solano, Albert (Miriam) Dee, Vivian (Vincent) Lim, Jeff (Stephanie) Gokingco, Lizette (Albert) Uy and Mark (Priscila) Gokingco.
She is also survived by 20 grandchildren: Mikey and Kirk Solano; Julian and Gerard Sison; James Dee; Hannah, Corinna, Stephenson, Carolina and Jasmine Gokingco; Amy Lim; Grant and Chad Uy; Valerie, Marie and J.P. Advincula; Alexis, Aika, Timothy and Titus Dee. Additionally, she is survived by her siblings George (Lillian), Freddy (Carol), Katy (Chin Han), Vincent (Vivian), Victoria and Olivia.
Lily attended the University of the East in Manila and received a Bachelor's in Business. She ran a family business in the Philippines and ultimately becoming a restaurant owner in Copperas Cove, Texas for several years.
At an early age, she helped her mother take care of her younger siblings. This experience paved her way to becoming one of the greatest moms. She is an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking and taking care of her children and grandchildren. She most especially looked forward to many family gatherings -- the louder the better! She was proud of her heritage and often passed down stories regarding our culture. She also often repeated her mom's many "sayings", indicative of her love for her mom. She had an unwavering faith in God, a long time member of St. Luke's Catholic Church and prayed her rosary daily.
She loved going on countless cruises. For many years, she travelled to many parts of the world with her husband Tomas. Her ageless face, her smile and many soft-spoken words will be missed by all.
There will be a time of visitation with family from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, 2018, with a rosary at 7 p.m. at the Crawford Bowers funeral home in Temple.
Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 at St Luke's Catholic Church in Temple at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow at the church's columbarium.