Milagros Gumpal Jimenez
Milagros Gumpal Jimenez
  • April 2, 1928 - December 31, 2017
  • California

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Milagros Gumpal Jimenez, 89, of Chula Vista, Ca. went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 31, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Milagros was born on April 2, 1928 in Echague, Isabela, Philippines to Fidel Buco Gumpal and Maria Gammad Gaffud. Milagros was the eldest of six children.

Milagros was known to her family, relatives, and friends as Mamang, Grandma, Mommy, Lola Agring, Grandma Agring, Grandma Taba, and GGmama.

On April 24, 1947, at the age of 19, she married her late husband, Jose Marayag Jimenez. Together they created a wonderful life and a beautiful family of four children. She was married to her husband for 25 years until his death in 1972.

In the Philippines, Milagros attended high school. In high school, Milagros was a scholar and an athlete. She was involved in high school sports. She played softball and was the team's pitcher. She often shared stories of her softball playing days with her children and grandchildren. Her love of sports did not end there. She enjoyed watching many sports. One of her favorite sports was basketball. She knew everything about the game, including the players. She was a Laker fan. She also enjoyed watching the Olympics and watching gymnastics.

Milagros was known for her love of music and dancing. Although she did not formally take lessons to play an instrument she was self-taught in playing the guitar and ukulele. When listening to music she was fondly remembered for singing along, clapping to the beat, or dancing to the music. She also enjoyed watching musical TV programs.

Milagros was a homemaker and devoted to her life to taking care of her family. Widowed at the age of 44, Milagros was determined to make sure her children were successful. With her strong faith in God, belief in making family a priority, and education she encouraged her children to pursue a higher education. Despite being widowed, she was able to put her children through college. Her belief in family, her faith in God, and advantages that education can provide are beliefs that carry her legacy forward and continue guide the Jimenez family.

Milagros came to the United States in 1980, living in San Diego, California. San Diego County has been her place of residence for the last 37 years. She lived in various areas of San Diego including Imperial Beach and Chula Vista. Despite living in different areas of San Diego, Milagros made St. Charles Catholic Church in south San Diego her parish. She was a devout Catholic, attending mass every Sunday. In addition to attending mass every Sunday, she also made a commitment to visit the church every Wednesday. She was known to wear her promise dress of blue each time she attended church.

When she arrived in the United States, she dedicated herself to taking care of her two eldest grandchildren. Neighborhood kids would come over to play with her grandchildren and she took care of them too. She was known as the neighborhood babysitter. After retiring from babysitting, Milagros worked part-time at the PennySaver. There, she worked along with her daughter and established many friendships.

For Milagros, her life was her family. She spent her live devoted to making sure her family and relatives were taken care of. After arriving to the United States, she petitioned her children to come to the United States. She often prayed to be reunited with all of her children. In 1999, she her eldest child, along with her family, arrived in San Diego. After years of waiting, she was finally reunited with all of her children. She often looked forward to family occasions that brought her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren together. She was known to be charitable to her relatives in the Philippines. She saved so that she could send funds and gifts to her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. She would send funds to the Philippines for various charities and celebrations for the community, church, or relatives in the Philippines.

Milagros was most fondly remembered by her family and relatives for her commitment to keeping in touch with her family and relatives. She would always call her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren on their birthdays and holidays. She called relatives, at random, to catch up with them. She will fondly remembered for calling her family and relatives every New Year's Eve. That phone call was missed this year and will be missed for years to come.

Milagros Gumpal Jimenez is survived by her 4 children and their spouses: Auxie J. Duque & Albert Duque, Jessie J. Talamayan & Edgardo Talamayan, Jose G. Jimenez, Jr. & Myrna N. Jimenez, Melchor G. Jimenez. She is survived by her 7 grandchildren and their spouses: Joanne T. Selga & Salvadore Selga, Joseph J. Talamayan & Karen Talamayan, Albertson J. Duque & Janet Duque, Jomyrson N. Jimenez, Ausson J. Duque & Angeline Duque, Maviron D. Taguba & Arnel Taguba, Aaron J. Duque. She is survived by her 11 great grandchildren: Allyssa Jane Duque, Aldrick Jaden Duque, Allison Janine Duque, Alyanna Jaylynn Duque, Chloeline Duque, Carrieanne Duque, Ethan Talamayan, Isaiah Talamayan, Nathaniel Duque, Nicholai Duque, and Audrey Kirsten Talamayan. She is also survived by her siblings and their spouses: Ernesto Gumpal & Corazon Gumpal, Bienvenida Camacam & Bonifacio Camacam, and Henry Gumpal & Felisa Gumpal along with many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Viewings are scheduled at Glen Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary from 5pm-9pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 and Friday, January 19, 2018. A Rosary at 6pm on Thursday and 7pm on Friday. A funeral mass is scheduled for 10am on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at St. Charles Catholic Church at 990 Saturn Boulevard, San Diego, Ca 92154. Interment to follow at Glen Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary at 3838 Bonita Rd, Bonita, Ca 91902. A Celebration of Eternal Life to follow at VIP Oriental Buffet 542 Broadway, Chula Vista, Ca 91910. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Milagros' life.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation and thanks for the many acts of love and