OBITUARY

Virginia Gutierrez Garcia-Tan

October 8, 1936July 3, 2021
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Virginia left her borrowed life here on earth on July 3rd, 2021. She peacefully departed at Saint Michael’s hospital with her daughter Cristina by her bedside holding her hand while the rest of the family were with her through a video call.

Virginia was born on October 8, 1936 to Roque and Aurelia Garcia. She was the fourth from the youngest of 8 siblings. Raised by her devoted and loving parents, who successfully survived and kept the entire family together during World War II. Virginia was intelligent, extremely industrious, and determined at a young age, accelerated and skipped grades through her pre-college years and was able to recover years of educational delays due to the war. She graduated from Far Eastern University in the Republic of the Philippines and became a Medical Doctor.

Virginia and her late husband, Horacio Tee Tan, Sr., were married on April 3, 1964 and raised four children. She was a faithful wife, a “Super” mother and grandmother to her family. She was generous with her patience, love, guidance, delicious food, and rich in her faith in God. She had a tremendous way of balancing family time, businesses and work as a Medical Doctor in the Philippines. During her time in Ohio working as a physician in the 60’s she was inspired by her experience to migrate to the United States. On July 26, 1986, the entire family migrated to Bremerton, Washington. Virginia worked tirelessly on night shifts in a medical laboratory in Seattle for over 20 years. She invested in multiple real estate/rental properties and continued to care for her children and even her grandchildren. Regardless of how busy she was, she never failed to write letters, made phone calls, and send spiritual or general life guidance to her children and grandchildren wherever they maybe.

Throughout her life, Virginia was a dedicated Catholic with a strong devotion to the Holy Family. Her love, prayers, and generosity radiated not only to her family and friends but also communities in need from other countries like Uganda and the Philippines.

She was preceded in death by her husband Horacio, daughter-in-law Shana, and grandson Myles Tan.

She is survived by her 4 children—Joseph, Cristina, Jack, and Marc Tan; 7 grandchildren –Joana, Vlance, Desiree, Joel, Amanda, Christopher, and Joules and 7 great grandchildren—Jayden, Isabel, Avery, Kaisen, Khalani, Faith and Hazel.

Services

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, July 19, 2021

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Desiree Castillo

July 18, 2021

I remember as a child my grandmother( Virginia) would ask me if I wanted to earn money of course I did as a 10 year old. For a summer job while I wasn’t in school she would give me 7 dollars a week to wake up super early and grab the newspaper from the mail box. So my grandpa didn’t have to walk out in the morning to grab it. From that day I have learn that hard work and motivation can do. If I really wanted to earn something that I want. To this day I still take that with me the lesson that she taught me. She did anything possible to make us happy. With surprise birthday party at school with pizza and cake. Anything that we wanted she pretty much made it happen. Everything she did in life she did it out of love and compassion. I am gonna miss her deeply and I’ll strive everyday to make her name and hard work live on in my self and my children.

Joel Tan

July 16, 2021

You showed me how to live a life of purpose and meaning . To have courage, integrity, and hope.

You showed me what unconditional love looks like and you were so patient with me .

I can't count how many times I called you feeling empty and depressed .. and somehow you managed to fill my brokenheart everytime and give me a reason to keep going..

It is your faith and passion for doing what is right that inspires me to be the best person I can be .

These last few years you became more then my grandma .. you were my bestfriend and I will always have you in my heart ..

Cristina Tan-Kipp

July 15, 2021

We love you very much. You are the best of best. Thank you very much for everything most especially for the gift of faith .... You are the rock of the family. We miss you so much but we understand God's plan.

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