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Milady Sy Quito

January 8, 1973November 11, 2020
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Milady Sy Quito, 47, of Los Angeles, CA, passed away on November 11, 2020. She was born in Okinawa, Japan, on January 8, 1973. She is survived by her mother, Milagros Quito, of San Diego, CA; devoted sisters, Helene Jolly (Tony Jolly) of San Diego, CA, and Carolyn Quito (Chris Drake) of Dublin, CA; and loving nephews and nieces, Derek and Leia Jolly, and Lei Anh, Cruz and Jett Drake.

Milady was a loving daughter, a generous sister, a doting and fun-loving auntie, and a loyal friend. As a life-long educator, and as principal at Independence Elementary, she dedicated her life to enriching the lives of her students and her community. Milady will be dearly missed by family, friends, co-workers, and students alike.

On November 25, the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an outdoor (social distancing) memorial and viewing at Glen Abbey Mortuary. Masks are required. A Catholic service will begin at 12 p.m. Following the service, family and friends are welcome to say a few words in celebration of Milady’s life until the memorial service concludes at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Milady’s family has requested donations in her honor to the Milady Quito scholarship fund. https://www.gofundme.com/f/milady-quito-student-scholarship-fund

Please RSVP if you plan to attend in person -- https://forms.gle/tHueDN5wpG5KwPLh8

The memorial will also be livestreamed on Glen Abbey's Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/glenabbeymemorialparkandmortuary

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Tawny Dealva

November 25, 2020

Ate Milady,
What can I say? You were everyone’s older sister, and we all looked up to you. You watched over me at my semester at UCLA, always with GABRIELA, and always about amplifying our culture. You always loved on me and my family, always sending books by BIPOC authors for holidays. Every book was beautiful, and has been read with each of them within these past 20 years. My kids loved reading because of you.

You inspired me to be an educator. All of my kinder resources that I use to this day, were from your archives! You told me years later to teach the upper grades, because the students will help you unload your car! Ah, how you will be so terribly missed.

You connected my kids to organizers and changemakers that helped shape their purpose and vision for their own future work. I can’t stress how thankful and grateful we all were to just know you. Our last conversation we had was you sending me lists of children’s books for Filipinx Heritage month that I could share with my work colleagues. And you responded right away, with abundance.

You always had a purpose, and you were always driven my your generosity. You were taken too soon. Rest easy, cousin! I love you so much Ate, and I am so thankful to have had you in our lives.

Reina Schaffer

November 25, 2020

Milady, whenever I entered a room I always looked for a seat next to you because I knew I that’s where the action would be. We all wanted to be where you were. As we go forward without the benefit of your humor and straight talk, I will miss you deeply. I’ll always look for that seat. I know you are resting in peace, probably organizing a fabulous heavenly event. May your loved ones find peace knowing how much you were admired and loved.

Lindsey Pham

November 23, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Quito family. To Milady, thank you for being the kind and beautiful person that you were. I'll always remember you as the sweetest roommate who was forever thoughtful and caring. I will cherish our friendship and the times we spent together. You will be missed and you will always be remembered.

Sylvia Ramirez

November 23, 2020

Quito,
The memories that you left us will forever make us smile. You positively transformed so much for so many by always being there. Thank you for being an amazing Tita to my daughters. I will continue reading that great book for the both of us. Love you kiddo, Ma Syl

Brenda Labrousse

November 23, 2020

Ms. Quito,
Your Fishburn Family loves you and misses you. Our hearts are broken with your sudden and unexpected passing and, at the same time, they are warmed and delighted as we remember you and your years spent at Fishburn Ave. Elementary School. You were a teacher, a coordinator, a colleague, and a friend. We remember your knowledge, your helpfulness, your smile and your laugh. We think of you and can still see and remember you in the hallway, your classroom, your office, the workroom, the auditorium, the MPR, the Staff Dining Room,... We appreciate the time we had you at our school. We appreciate you.

I personally remember us both being District Interns, both being Track C teachers (you Kinder, me 1st grade and your students would become my students), both working long hours and you walking by my room (I’m still in Room 6!) as the day wore on and calling out, “Go home, Brenda!” because you wanted me to remember there was more to life than work. I remember you making a point and then you would push your glasses back up on your nose as if to say “That settles it.” Thank you for the memories. I will always cherish them - and you. 💕

To your family- our deepest condolences and sympathy at this time.

Hang Nguyen

November 22, 2020

Milady, how do you describe nearly 30 years of friendship? We knew each other way back when, fresh faces starting our UCLA journey. You were my close friend, a roommate, my guide, my seat-mate (along with Teresa) at a concert or musical. I wonder how many people know how well you could sing and dance. Squished as we often were with your tiny-tiny feet stepping on mine and dancing like dinosaurs side by side in our concert seats, I could always pick out your rich voice. Because of you, I know the words- karaoke microphone. And like for so many others, you were also my car-ride home chat. It was our weekly check in. We talked about lots of things, but as educators it often settled on our work. We listened to each other's frustrations; provided counsel on issues we were working through; laughed, cheered and celebrated all the large and small gains in our life; and pushed each other forward with big hopes for the future. As busy as our lives were, I want you to know that I heard you. I heard the joy you had for your family and friends, the wonder and want to travel and experience the world. And you did! I heard the pride you had for your school, your Indy team, the teachers. I know how hard you were working. I heard the deep, deep love you had for the kids. In you, they found a champion...a Principal in a cape...who put them first. I miss you terribly. I carry with me a memory of your laughter and your strength, the presence you had to be your authentic self. You were unapologetically you, and I love you for that, forever and always.

Natalie Mendoza

November 21, 2020

Thank you for all the love u Gave your students every day 🥰 We will miss you so much ♥️♥️♥️

Jayden Castillo

November 20, 2020

Ms. Quito,
You will be dearly missed.
I remember when Jayden had hard times and even if it was scary being told “you are going to the principals office”
He never said you were mean or anything bad.
He always said you had a positive attitude, and talked to him about right from wrong.
And would go over his behavior.
I appreciate the times you talked to him, and gave him a positive ideas on working on his behavior!
He will always remember your energy in the assemblies.....
you will be truly missed by everyone at Independence Elem. 🦋🌹👦🏻

Angie Cantú

November 19, 2020

My dear beloved "sister" and "amiga"! Your loss has been such a huge hit for all of us that were blessed with your presence. For the almost 20 years that I knew you, you were nothing but pure joy, calmness, laughs, and of course a positive spirit. I will miss so many things about you. I will miss our morning chats during our drive to work, our check ins with each other, our sharing of crazy work stories, our venting sessions, our crazy professional goals that we always ended up having the same positions!! Amiga, thank you for all these years. I love you and I thank you for being such a positive influence for so many of us. You are missed beyond words. Go well my friend. May your wings allow you to continue traveling!! It has been an honor calling you my friend all these years. Thank you Milady. Our heavens have gained a beautiful Angel!!

Yessenia Marroquin

November 19, 2020

Ms. Quito,

It took some time to let go of the pain and digest what has happened. I’m still in disbelief that you’re gone...just like that. You still had so much to live, give, experience, accomplish...I’m not understanding why you had to go this soon. I guess God had other plans for you in a different place. Independence Elementary...YOUR INDY ROCKETS will never be the same without you as you really touch many lives and left a tremendous mark in your community.
I truly believe that you were in this world on a mission...the field of education and whatever had to do with learning was your passion. My memories of you will be...of a very determined and strong woman who not only advocated for education but a Milady who was humble, approachable and understanding to students, parents and staff. I feel I got a chance to get to know you better during our ESY together...Oh boy, was that a challenge! But you were always so supportive, so willing, so positive that we couldn’t give up and we made through. Reading your emails or discussing something with you was like the gas to a car...kept me going because I could sense your appreciation and consideration for everything that your staff was going through.
One day that I had to go to school to pick up materials, I left a little journal on your car...the cover said “Only Strong Women Become Principals”. I wanted you to know that you were also appreciated. I am grateful that every time I had a chance; I showed you the respect and appreciation I had for everything you did for us in good times and bad times. I don’t know how you did it ALL, but you always managed.
I am sure that wherever you are, you will be watching over your family, friends, and your Indy family.
With all my admiration and gratitude, I send you a mega-huge-enourmous-gigantic hug because you were...are the AWESOMEST principal ever.

Yessenia Marroquin

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