OBITUARY

Mrs. Mila C. Laririt

February 18, 1942March 10, 2019
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Mila “Lily” "Ema" C. Laririt died peacefully at home on Sunday, March 10th in Chicago, Il at the age of 77.

Mila will be forever remembered by her husband of 46 years, Rosauro, daughters Pricilla Marie (Andrew) and Lily Ann, one grandchild Owen, her brothers, Epifanio Jr. “Boy” (Virgencita “Baby”), Manuel “Lalo” (Illuminada “Luming”), Epifanio III “Tikboy”, and her sisters, Maria Rizalina “Neneng” (Romulo “Oloy”) and Arlene. Mila will also be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends. She is preceded in death by Maria Guadalupe “Baby”, Antea Elsie “Nene”, Ermilinda Filipinas “Jean”, Emma Mercedes “Inday.”

A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Ave. Chicago, Il 60625. Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, March 15, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, St. Henry Catholic Church, 6335 N. Hoyne Avenue, Chicago, Il 60659. Graveside Service, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Maryhill Catholic Cemetery, 8600 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, IL 60714.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 15, 2019
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Mrs. Mila C. Laririt

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Heather Radcliffe-Cedro

March 15, 2019

Auntie Lily was such a kind, sweet, and nonjudgemental person. She will be missed dearly.

Eddie & Leila Taghap

March 12, 2019

Our deepest sympathy...Our prayers are with you. God bless...Eddie and Leila Taghap family

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Biography

EULOGY

Mila Cedro Laririt was born February 18, 1942, to my namesake, Maria Presila Teatro A lee-pow and Epifanio Lancin Cedro, in Rizal, Surigao City, Surigao. She was the eighth of 10 children. Her family had a rice farm where there were rows and ROWS of orchids that she couldn’t stop talking about. I realized, I’ve failed to remember the rest of her stories during her childhood but I’m sure I’ll be hearing some soon that I will never forget.

So I’ll tell you what I know....

My mom’s favorite color is purple and her favorite singer is Elvis Presley. She loved going shopping but loved going to the Casino even more. She loved her Coach purses, Estee Lauder and making sure her hair and makeup are just right no matter how sick she was. She also loved everything that I bought so she would have to buy one for herself. And I think I got her sweet tooth because she loved all the candy that I love, even though she was a dentist!

My parents married in the Philippines 46 years ago and moved to the United States in 1975. In 1979 they bought the house that became the home she never wanted to leave. Even though she couldn’t practice dentistry in the U.S. she was still willing to help out her friends and family when they had issues with their teeth. She became a Dental Assistant and worked for 42 years until she was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer in 2015. Her passion for dentistry never faded, she started her own dental clinic in Manila and continued to work well after she retired. She was proud to be a Dentist, even in her condition she continued to work part-time.

My mother would be very pleased and honored to see that you all could make it here this morning, as it was her family and friends who were the most important focus of her life. It was also your continued support, well wishes, and prayers which were so valuable to her in her final weeks.

Her sense of dignity was never so tested nor so well demonstrated as in the final days of her life. Three years she fought! Even with a body riddled with cancer she often refused painkillers as she wished to maintain full control of her faculties and to preserve her lucidity. Her ability to talk with visiting family and friends came first. Her courage and love for life has inspired me.

I will miss when you yell for me “Neng” or “Sil”. Your polka dot or purple shirts and your orchids. When you make Pichi Pichis and empanadas every Christmas, new years and special occasions like my birthday. I will miss you but know that I will be here to take Owen to McDonald’s, to see Ema’s train, and finally take that trip to the Philippines with Andy and Owen. And don’t worry I’ll take care of Pa and clean out the house. Sleep well now. I love you, Ma!