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Pacita Corpuz April 3, 2018

It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Pacita Labrador Ubay Corpuz was the 3rd child born to Cipriano and Presca Ubay, born in October of 1924 in Vintar, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She passed away on April 3, 2018, in Los Osos from complications following a stroke. At age 15, Pacita convinced her parents to allow her to leave their barrio in Vintar for Manila, where she worked as a maid for wealthy families. She recalled an opium den in the basement of one of the Chinese families who employed her! She emigrated to America in 1951 and became a U.S. citizen in 1970. Together with her late husband Severo, they were the pioneering sugar pea and tomato farmers in the Los Osos valley. She met her husband, Severo Gaoiran Corpuz, through an arrangement made by his cousin, Trinidad Corpuz Tagatac. Pacita and Severo were married in Morro Bay in February of 1953. Their first child, Elaine, was born in 1953. Adeline followed in 1956, and Robert in 1965. In 1959, Pacita went to work at Shadowline Lingerie in San Luis Obispo as a factory seamstress. Although she enjoyed the work very much, she was only able to stay a short while, as it proved very difficult to find child care for Elaine and Adeline. In between farming, she also worked as a housekeeper for Mildred Pitt in Baywood Park for 27 years. Severo passed away in 1986, and Pacita carried on, displaying amazing stoicism and resilience. Ever a farmer, she decided, along with her brother Alejo, to plant a field of asparagus on her property at the corner of 12th and Sta. Ynez. She loved growing and harvesting her crop, and selling them to various friends and businesses in Los Osos. She became known as ‘The Asparagus Lady.’ In 2006, Pacita endured the unimaginable loss of her first child, Elaine. Again, she bravely carried on and continued to be a strong example for all of us. Up until she suffered her strokes in late March, she was able to enjoy her family and make them smile with her wit and wisdom. She was truly fortunate to have lived such a long and fruitful life, however hard some of those times might have been. We thank God every day for having blessed us with such a strong and loving matriarch. She will be deeply missed. Pacita is survived by her daughter, Adeline Orr (Bruce) of Lompoc; son, Robert (Elizabeth) of Milpitas; grandsons: Daniel Corpuz of San Luis Obispo and Brian and Michael Orr of Los Osos; granddaughters: Madison and Shelby Corpuz of Milpitas; and great-grandson, Ethan Corpuz. Also surviving her is her youngest brother, Eduardo Ubay of Santa Ana, sister-in- law, Conchita Ubay of Los Osos; and many cherished nieces and nephews. Pacita was preceded in death by her husband, Severo; daughter, Elaine; brother, Alejo Ubay; and grand-niece, Nailani Ubay Buchholtz. We would like to thank our cousins Randy and Marilou Ubay of Los Osos Residential Care 2 for welcoming Mom into their care home in August of 2016. We would also like to acknowledge Manangs Cayatana Schiewe and Grace Pablo for the loving care they administered to Mom during her stay there. Thank you for making her favorite foods and making her laugh. It meant so much to her, and to us. A big thanks to the wonderful folks at Wilshire Hospice for your assistance, kindness and consideration to our Mother and our family during this very difficult time. Visitation is scheduled from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Benedict-Rettey Mortuary, 401 Quintana Road, Morro Bay. A memorial mass will be held for Pacita starting at 11:00 am, Friday, April 13, 2018, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 962 Piney Way, Morro Bay. Father Tony Hughs will be presiding. Burial will be immediately following at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park, 2260 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos. A reception will take place back at the old St. Timothy’s Parish Hall next to the church in Morro Bay.

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