Nenita Espanol Papa
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Nenita Espanol Papa
  • December 10, 1939 - January 16, 2018
  • California

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Nenita Espaol Papa was born on December 10, 1939 at home in Hinunangan Southern Leyte, Philippines. She was the daughter of Eugenio and Severina Espaol. Nenita was the fourth out of nine children in the family. Her siblings include Jacinta, Ester, Rosa, Delia, Rodolfo, Tani, Romeo, and Lilia. Nenita enjoyed music and danced to songs by Elvis Presley and Pat Boone. Growing up, they didn't have much. The struggles of life only allowed her to finish grade school. At 16 years old, she migrated from her birth town to the mainland in Cavite City to earn a living. She worked tirelessly to help provide for her family. It was during this time she met her future husband, Herminio De Los Reyes Papa. As they got to know one another, Nenita also became a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ). On November 8, 1958 Nenita and Herminio were married. In the summer of 1959, Nenita gave birth to her first child, Julieta. Her other children are Ellen, Timi, Carolina, Cecilia, Annalisa, and Henry. Even while she was determined to be a great mother, Nenita was determined to have her children raised in a loving home and with great education. In December 1979, Nenita became a grandmother for the very first time when her granddaughter, Charlene, was born. Soon after, she was delighted to welcome and spoil 16 other grandchildren: Brian, Melanie, Timothy, Jan Erik, Bianca, Marc, Jerard, Nico, Marcel, Nathan, Kiana, Christian, Justin, Jacob, Tyler and Nevaeh. Nenita was an active member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ), and whole-heartedly performed her duty as a deaconess for over 50 years. She was often seen participating in many church activities and helped brethren with their spiritual needs. As a faithful member of the Church, she never wavered in her faith and trust in the Lord. Her faith and trust in God was strong and deeply rooted that she never doubted His guidance in all her decisions and undertakings. It is through God's love that Nenita's life and legacy was built on her strong will, perseverance, determination and deep love for her family. While she showed great love for God and her family, many blessed her with love and admiration as well. "Ka Nene" or "Mamang", as she was fondly known, always had a generous heart and was always there for anyone that needed a "Mama." Nenita's passion for helping others and loved ones was a fueling source of happiness. Nenita brought up her children with the same vigor and dedication she had. She instilled in them the importance of faith in God and doing His works. Nenita also had a funny side- filled with an affinity for humorous story telling, packed with jokes and light-hearted delivery. Her love for daily gardening also brought out the storyteller in her, as she was known to speak to plants to encourage their growth. Her encouraging nature
spanned from plants to people in her life- she was never shy to share anecdotes about her childhood-stories that held such inspiring impact on those who would listen. One other key attribute about Nenita was her delicious cooking. Many close friends and family sought her out to cook her famous "Kare-Kare", at family gatherings and special occasions. She lived a full life full of love, laughter, and warmth- a life brimming with faith, beauty, and inspiration. On January 16, 2018, she passed away loved and surrounded by her family: her husband Herminio, 6 children, 17 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. With heavy hearts, but full trust in God and his Will, her family held services at the Glen Abbey Mortuary Chapel of Roses. It is there that beloved Nenita was laid to rest in the Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita, California. While she is deeply missed by her family and all those whom her life has touched, there is much happiness in knowing that she has finished her race in life with love always within her and around her. It is her legacy that now inspires others to live, love, strive, and embody strong faith like she had. it is in that legacy that her presence will always be felt and forever live on. Mom~ Until we meet again.