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This memorial website was created in memory of our dear mother, Catalina "Lily" Labra Jayme Garcia, 86, who lost her battle to lung cancer after 15 months of a courageous and valiant fight. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, relatives, friends, and many supporters carried her throughout her struggle with lung cancer.
She was known for her ease of developing friendships with everyone. She had a caring and mothering nature toward everyone in her life. She had many passions, none more important to her than her beloved family. The family was everything to her, and she cherished the time she spent with us doing things like sewing, cooking, cake decorating, reading, praying, traveling and going to the beach with her grandchildren. A woman of faith, she shaped our spirituality by her tireless Christian example and also through various Catholic charismatic prayer groups and activities.
We want to express our appreciation for the many family, friends, relatives, former classmates and colleagues who have shown such generosity during her battle, words of encouragement and more. Special thanks to Ricky Uy and Yoly Yu. We also wish to thank Dr. Tiro and her staff, Mama's caregivers (Rose Raagas, Roy Neri, and Arlene Cua) and Jan and Maggie's driver, Ramel Nues who helped us during these trying times. 
This memorial website is a place to celebrate her life by sharing fond memories, photos, music and more. You may click the speaker icon at the top to play the background music. We invite you to share your thoughts of Mama Lily here on this blog - whether it's a special memory, a recollection of a time you spent together, or anything you would like us to know. 
We are comforted by your words and thoughts and know they will continue to bring us peace in the coming days ahead.
Thank you.
SERVICE INFORMATION
The funeral service will be held at the Divine Shepherd Memorial Gardens’ Chapel, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City on June 26, 2017 at 1 PM with Father Gary Igot officiating. Interment to follow after the service/mass.   
For out of town attendees looking for a close place to stay:
Grand Central Suites (1.126 km to Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes)
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Marianne Suites (.643 km to Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes)
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February 13
February 13
Your birthday is here and even though you are no longer with us on earth, we will still celebrate just like we always did. Happy Heavenly 93rd Birthday, Ma! There will never be enough words to let you know just how much we miss you so. ❤️
October 30, 2023
October 30, 2023
O God, Who has commanded us
to honor our father and mother,
have compassion in Thy mercy,
on the souls of our father and mother;
forgive them their sins,
and grant that we may see them
in the joy of eternal brightness.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.
June 21, 2023
June 21, 2023
Ma, It's been six years already, and you're in our mind today. We're missing you!

Father of all, we pray to you for Mama Lily, and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May her soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
February 12, 2023
February 12, 2023
Your birthday is here and even though you are no longer with us on earth, we will still celebrate just like we always did. Happy Birthday, Ma! There will never be enough words to let you know just how much we miss you so.

Eternal rest grant unto you, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon you. May your soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

October 31, 2022
October 31, 2022
We give thanks for each of our loved ones whom we remembered today, for all the ways in which their lives touched ours, for the difficult as well as the good times, for the ways in which their lives and their love continue to be with us. In our sadness and with thanksgiving, we will remember them. Miss you, Ma!
June 21, 2022
June 21, 2022
It's been five years already, and you're on our mind today. Sending you love Ma and we're missing you!
June 21, 2022
June 21, 2022
Father of all, we pray to you for Mama Lily, and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May her soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
February 12, 2022
February 12, 2022
Happy 91st birthday, Ma. We miss you!

Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed.

Eternal rest grant unto her and Brother Joel, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
December 22, 2021
December 22, 2021
In memory of all the loved ones who cannot be with us this holidays season, especially you Ma!
June 21, 2021
June 21, 2021
I’m thinking of the time when you were excited to go out with me on June 21, 2017, so you took a bath early and how much that meant to me. 

Wish everything goes well in heaven, Ma, and please know that we are
missing you!
February 13, 2021
February 13, 2021
To my dearest Mama in heaven, with lots of love on your birthday, from all of us here on earth.

Eternal rest grant unto her and Brother Joel, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
June 20, 2020
June 20, 2020
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
February 12, 2019
February 12, 2019
Happy Birthday in heaven, Mom and enjoy it with all the angels. Missing you today and always…
January 17, 2019
January 17, 2019
O God, Who has commanded us
to honor our father and mother,
have compassion in Thy mercy,
on the souls of our father and mother;
forgive them their sins,
and grant that we may see them
in the joy of eternal brightness.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.
February 12, 2018
February 12, 2018
Remembering Mama Lily on her natal day on February 13th. She would have been 87 years old. The only gifts today will be the gifts she left behind; the laughter, joy, happiness and precious memories. Precious memories forever treasured...
July 16, 2017
July 16, 2017
You fought well. Rest now Ma. You are now free from all the pain. You're always in my thoughts no matter where I go. You were loved, you are loved and you will always be loved.

May your soul rest in peace.
July 16, 2017
July 16, 2017
Eternal rest grant unto Catalina, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
June 23, 2017
June 23, 2017
... a few minutes spent with your daughter Vivian, now becomes clear to us where she inherited her beauty, strength, faith and love of family.
Rest in peace , Tia Lily

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February 13
February 13
Your birthday is here and even though you are no longer with us on earth, we will still celebrate just like we always did. Happy Heavenly 93rd Birthday, Ma! There will never be enough words to let you know just how much we miss you so. ❤️
October 30, 2023
October 30, 2023
O God, Who has commanded us
to honor our father and mother,
have compassion in Thy mercy,
on the souls of our father and mother;
forgive them their sins,
and grant that we may see them
in the joy of eternal brightness.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.
June 21, 2023
June 21, 2023
Ma, It's been six years already, and you're in our mind today. We're missing you!

Father of all, we pray to you for Mama Lily, and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May her soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
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For our Beloved Mama who Lived, Loved, and Laughed

August 6, 2017

From the day our dear Lord called you home and during the times that you were with us, the women who led the fervent prayers, the time of ascension of your soul, to the foods, drinks, chit-chats, flowers, etc. - everything to honor the life God has blessed you. Indeed even in death, your life will always be celebrated. Your memories of love, humor, and generosity will continue to be cherished and will inspire us and our family's generations ahead. We will miss you until we meet again. 

  

Eulogy for a Mother

June 21, 2017

To everything there is a season, a time for every
matter under heaven; a time to be born,
and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.

-Ecclesiastes 3:1

We are gathered here today in the memory of our mother, Catalina "Lily" Labra Jayme Garcia, so that together we may acknowledge and share both our joy in the gift that her life was to us, and the pain that her passing brings. In sharing the joy and the pain together today, may we lessen the sadness and remember more clearly the joy.
Mama Lily passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the age of 86  in Cagayan de Oro City.  Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, relatives, friends, and many supporters carried her through her fight with lung cancer.  She was born in Talamban, Cebu City on February 13, 1931, to Felix and Ines Jayme.
She was known for her ease of developing friendships with everyone. She had a caring and mothering nature toward everyone in her life. It’s hard to say goodbye. While we know that she is at peace and that her struggles are at an end, there is pain and sadness. But even though she is gone, she has left the legacy of her love. Her signature of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and joking around, will never be forgotten. We can only hope to continue her legacy and share the abundance of love she gave.
She is survived by eleven of us, children and our spouses, 29 grandchildren, one surviving sister, a daughter in law and many beloved nieces and nephews. She is now reunited with our father and two brothers who have gone to heaven before us.
Life is full of unexpected turns, many of which seem unfair and even devastating like the passing of our father in 1983. She learned to trust that there is inherent wisdom and purpose in all that happens, even when it’s the last thing she expected or wanted. Life is not the way it is supposed to be. It is the way it is. The way we cope with it is what makes the difference. She went with what the current season demanded of her and grew with it. It equipped her in ways she never expected. 
Her role as a mother and grandmother was the most important thing to her which is where she drew her strength and left her legacy. Being with her family was what she enjoyed most of all. Her love and caring for her family, especially her grandchildren, remained her focus, and in so many, many ways, she was able to show that unconditional love to us. She was kind, compassionate, generous, and understanding. She always took care of the people around her. She also had an amazing capacity for selfless giving, and she never thought to keep score. She didn’t give with expectations; she gave because she enjoyed it. It didn’t have to be money. She gave her time, her attention and herself which is the greatest display of love. When the people she cared about surrounded her, she felt rich and blessed. She knew happiness wasn’t about wanting more. It’s about truly enjoying what she had in life. 
She joined the Catholic Women’s League and Social Group for Senior Citizen and remained active and productive until she was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. She was a real fighter. She had a resilient soul with unwavering strength and spirit.
We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Mama during her 86 years. She taught us never to throw anything away, never leave home without a dash of color on your lips, and eyebrow makeup. We learned always to keep a snack in our purse because, well, you just never know. She believed Vicks vapor rub could truly heal all ailments and to be sure to place a note, with the date, on everything including, the hospital bed we bought her. 
Today, I’d like to leave you with the greatest lesson that she taught us. Look around and see what’s precious. Clear our heads of all the little things that won’t matter down the line. When we are looking back at all the times we’ve cherished the most in life, find a reason to make this moment one of them. A life well-lived comes out of a curious blend of optimism, practical wisdom and an openness to accepting and facing whatever shows up, good or bad. Sometimes we need to fight what comes against us; sometimes we just need to go with the flow. Learning what to do in different situations and seasons is an art we’ll spend our whole life learning. She believed that all the things we face are blessings in various forms, though we often can’t see the good until much later. Live our life as it comes, don’t get stuck looking back and don’t look so far forward that we might miss what’s in front of us now. Enjoy the journey, the way we live can either inspire or discourage others. Aim to inspire and most of all, show our love to those close to us and let ourselves truly enjoy the experience of doing it.  
A life well-lived is a legacy of joy, pride and pleasure, a living, lasting memory our grateful hearts will treasure.


In honor of my dearest mother, it is my tribute to her memory, which will be carried on in the legacy of love which is now each of us - the lives she formed and touched by her passion.

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