Zenaida Florita Macadaan
Zenaida Florita Macadaan
  • October 3, 1941 - December 21, 2017
  • San Diego, California

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Zenaida Florita Macadaan, 76, passed away in her beloved’s arms surrounded by her loving daughters and grandchildren on the morning of Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 3:15 a.m. at her home in Mira Mesa, CA. She previously lived in Poway for over 40 years where she raised her five distinctively different and beautiful daughters. Guided by Seasons Hospice; comforted and cared for by her husband, daughters, sons- in-law and grandchildren, Zenaida, despite daunting odds against her, fought a strong and valiant fight. She never complained, pitied herself or even asked for any pain relief. Unfortunately, she succumbed to complications of terminal cancer and stroke.

Born in Iba Zambales, Philippines on October 3, 1941, she was the daughter of Esteban Florita and Teresa Anonas Millares Florita and was the youngest sister to three brothers predeceased- Pastor, Tuding, and Tutit; two sisters predeceased- Norberta and Corazon; and one surviving brother, Wenceslao.

Also known as Zeny, she is survived by her loving husband of fifty-four years, Carlos Basa Macadaan and five daughters- Yolita (Yoly); Charlene married to Paul Radovan; Gail married to Robert Reyes; Cheryl married to Dan Paraiso and Christy married to Jonathan Guarin.

Zeny has fifteen loving grandchildren- Nicholas, Kyle, Shane and Francesca from Charlene; Tatianna, Skyler, Elijah, and Adrian from Gail; TJ, Marissa, Tristen, Trevor, and Troy from Cheryl, and Jadine and Jonas Ray from Christy. In addition, she leaves to mourn her passing a multitude of adoring nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, Godchildren, and friends.

A former elementary school teacher in San Agustin, Iba Zambales, Philippines, she left to seek the promises of the American dream as her husband Carlos, a selfless and honorable sailor of the the United States Navy, was stationed in Yorktown, Virginia, Long Beach, California and finally, San Diego, California. She became a hardworking and reliable quality technician for Hewlett-Packard spanning over two decades where she enjoyed working side by side with engineers. There, she took great pride in her work. Zeny also mastered the role of a proud, patient and supportive military Navy wife. She took on the roles of both mother and father when needed and even gave birth to three of their five girls alone while Carlos was called to duty countries away around the world protecting the vast seas. They endured long deployments apart where they communicated by love letters filled with photos, recorded messages and dedicated music on cassette tape, telegrams with important news, bouquets of flowers and phone calls when available and permitted. The longest and most trying separation away was Carlos’ two year tour during the Vietnam War.

Zenaida never forgot her roots at home for she was a spirited founding member and former President of Iba Zambles Association of Southern California (IZASC). She utilized her innate leadership skills by assuming many roles for IZASC and attended their functions whenever possible. She was highly passionate to support the recognition of scholastic achievement via scholarships to aid future generations. She also was an active member of the Botolan Circle Association of Southern California.

A devout Catholic, Zeny worshipped regularly and celebrated the Sacraments. She respected and honored the memory of departed loved ones through daily prayer and Rosary. A true Libra, Zeny brought balance to the universe. She was a tactful, diplomatic, compassionate and sensitive mediator. Zenaida was one to turn to for a shoulder to cry on, lend an ear to listen, and provided the utmost love, advice, direction, confidentiality and peace of mind. She had a gift for providing comforting words to those in distress. She enjoyed spending time with her family, music, dancing, casinos, cooking, comedies, TFC, laughing, sewing, solitude, hosting, anything purple, her birthstone opal, a flair for details, and fashion. Zeny also had quite a green thumb. Her home inside and out always flourished with a variety of plants she had lovingly cared for; her most beloved being orchids.

Her legacy will be her love story with her D.O., “Dearest One” , soul-mate and loving husband, Carlos. They enjoyed a simple and humble lifestyle. It did not take too much to make her happy. She once said, “I may not be rich but at least I have your Daddy.” Her earliest memories of them were playing hide and go seek as young kids in the streets of the neighborhood they shared in San Augustin. They both were lucky to end up together for Carlos would say Zeny was out of his league. Little did he know that she shared the same sentiment for him. Living across the street from each other, their families were very close and they remained friends throughout childhood. It wasn’t until college that Carlos patiently pursued her, made his love known to Zeny and the rest is history. Their true love flows through their pride and joy of five blessed daughters, fifteen grandkids and their future generations.

Zeny’s example of true unconditional love, devotion, fairness, and congeniality will continue to inspire many to come. It will be difficult to emulate the bar that she effortlessly set so high. Her warm, welcoming, loving presence made many feel comfortable around her. Her radiant beauty, intellect, keen sense of humor, world-renowned Filipino cuisine (you know your favorite) were attributes that drew people to her. Zeny’s infectious, distinctive laugh and bright smile is unforgettable. It has been a true honor and blessing to have been touched by her genuine love and everlasting spirit. She will be eternally missed but not forgotten for we will carry the memory of her in our hearts forever.


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