Merced Simas

September 24, 1952July 6, 2018

Merced Simas, age 65, of Spring Valley, California passed away on Friday July 6, 2018. Merced was born September 24, 1952 in Pandan, Antique, Philippines.

Merced graduated from Castle Park High School. She married the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Simas on July 6, 1974. They were blessed with a 44 year marriage and two children; Jessica Joanne and Robert Francis Simas II.

Merced had a long career working in the medical field as a Customer Service Representative for Scripps. However, Merced was first and foremost a wife and mother to her family, always putting their needs first. She enjoyed making their favorite dishes (lumpia) and spending quality time with them. Once the grandchildren arrived, they became her focal point. A proud grandmother, she would share her bragging rights with all who crossed her path. She was always in attendance at their basketball games, readily cheering them on. On occasion, when all was quiet, (and no activities involving the grandkids were on the horizon) Merced would sneak off to the casino with Bob, B.J. or Fatima. Merced will be greatly missed by family, friends and her furry favorite, Juice the Chihuahua. She will be remembered for her love of family and caring nature.

Merced is survived by her husband, Bob Simas, daughter, Jessica Joanne Simas-Puaina, (Ave Puaina), her son, Robert Francis Simas, grandchildren; Tariq S. Tillman, Alec E. Simas and Tauttinei S. Puaina. In addition, survivors include her siblings; Nonita Regala and Fatima Briones. Predeceased siblings are Aida Lorio and Tito Ricote.

A visitation for Merced will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Funeraria del Angel Chula Vista, 753 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 2643 Homedale, San Diego, CA 92139. Following the mass, a funeral procession will take Merced to her eternal resting place, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 4470 Hilltop Dr, San Diego, CA 92135.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Simas family.


  • Robert Simas, Spouse
  • Jessica Joanne Simas-Puaina, Daughter
  • Robert Francis Simas II, Son
  • Ave Puaina, Son-in-law
  • Tariq S. Tillman, Grandchild
  • Alec E. Simas, Grandchild
  • Tautinei S. Puaina, Grandchild
  • Nonita Regala, Sister
  • Fatima Briones, Sister
  • Aida Lorio, Sister
  • Tito Ricote, Brother


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Eternal Resting Place Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Merced Simas

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D. Briones

July 23, 2018

She was wonderful and my cousin said it was as if her own mother (auntie merces sister) had passed away all over again. Auntie merce was the one who looked after my mom when my dad and their youngest sister passed away in such a short time frame. She said she felt so empty inside when my aunt passed...we feel the same with her passing. The aunties brought us together through good times and bad through partie. She would stand up for my mom and tell me not to be so strict when it comes to what my mom ate and liked. If I whined to my mom she would say in her calm voice and get mad at me to 'stop yelling at my sister." I dont think I ever saw her argue with my mom. She had her back. She also would have my back or anyone elses when it came to her beliefs. I liked her confidence and how she would tell u how how it is. On 1 day i remembered she hung out with my mom at the casino..a place they both enjoyed.. she would make sure she had blankets..extra clothes..and someone was there to take a shift. This day I had driven to Harrahs from work and my auntie would be there when I couldn't and I saw she was a shoulder for my mom to lean on. Even when she got lost around Harrahs to go home and found her way out through Oceanside. She said thats okay. I felt bad for her. I had this cell phone that would call her by accident and she didnt get mad..she would text me with "thats okay....." She was a confidence booster to me 2. She would say nice things to me and crack sarcastic jokes. She would sneak on my cousins fb account and tell me she liked certain places i went to. She was a trip. Ill miss that about her..the way she makes her presence known. My bf didn't get to know her long but he said she was a great person who always made him feel welcome. She did amazing job raising her family and glad there is a support system with friends and family to comfort each other with her passing. From a dies..but LOVE lasts forever. Rest in peace,auntie We love you!

Cee Puaina

July 22, 2018

Dearest Merc,
I still cant wrap my mind around all of it. I just want you to know that you will never be forgotten. You have to be the most sweetest person i have ever met. And very graphic but and miss you so much Merc! Your memory will live on through your family and friends always. Rest In Love Merc!
Love Always,

Destiny Littleton

July 21, 2018

Oh and how can I forget all the times she boosted my confidence ! Every time she’d see me she’d commment on my booty shorts and how short they were and how the boys would be all over me. She’d tell me I was sexy and beautiful all the time. She was a character and super funny. She’d never fail to make me laugh.!

-your favorite baller Destiny Littleton

Destiny Littleton

July 21, 2018

I can’t even begin to remember all the fun times I’ve had with Merce . She meant so much to me from a basketball standpoint , being at every game and cheering like I was her own, to making me lumpia and blankets and just being there for me. It was way more than the basketball games and the lumpia and the blankets. She was someone who had my back and someone who wouldn’t let a fly land on me. She was everything anyone can ask for. I will never forget what you did for me and that was always making sure I had a smile on my face and had my back when haters came around. She told me inappropriate jokes all the time and that was who she was. She didn’t care how nasty the joke was she’d tell me cause she knew I’d laugh. I love you Merce always and forever and trust me I got Jess and the family’s back just like you had mine.

Athena Lopez

July 21, 2018

You loved unconditional! Me and my girls; Shyanne, Layla, Queandra & Qyra loved you back. Everytime we saw you, you greeted us with hugs! I loved your vulgar jokes (things one can never repeat outloud!), made me laugh so hard! And thank you for always helping Layla and bringing her cheese balls!! You made her feel so special and you know it meant the World to her!! We are going to miss you so much!! Thank you Merce for just being you and extending your love to us! Forever in out hearts! Xoxoxo

Dominick Wood-Anderson

July 21, 2018

Miss you Merce. I remember her always just being generous and looking out for us. RIP Merce🙏

Laurie J

July 21, 2018

I am blessed to have 36 years worth of memories with Auntie Merce. Manang Jess was right when she said that Auntie Merce made sure everyone around her was okay, she always even knew & tried to help me before i even realized I had a problem! Auntie was everyone’s #1 support, protector & comedian. She’s the craziest person I know & no family party will ever be as loud from now on, Manang Jess will have to continue her legacy of licking people & dance her gyrating pek pek dance.
My fondest memory I have of auntie still makes me laugh to this day. One morning, before she went to work, she dropped by my elementary school because she knew it was my first day as safety patrol. Auntie drove up & down the street several times, pumping her fist out the window & cheering me on. LOUD. 😂 I KNEW THEN SHE WOULD ALWAYS BE THERE FOR ME. & SHE WAS. Forever grateful to you, Auntie. We laugh through our tears, Auntie, reminiscing of our times spent with you but no longer having you physicially with us. NO ONE IS TRULY GONE UNTIL THEY ARE FORGOTTEN.

Regina Jackson Patton

July 21, 2018

When I first met you and your mom Jess, I knew you guys were going to be fun to be around. With the boys doing the weekend games, I loved that she treated all the kids like her grands! And did she love her family! I was so tickled watching her spoil Tariq and Nei! From selling tickets to Gatorade, time flew by when we were talking. I will truly miss her smile and laugh. Rest well, Ms. Mercy!

Fred Brown

July 18, 2018

I was so sad to hear of Merced's passing through friends at Castle Park. I remember her fondly from our days at Castle Park and really got to know and appreciate her when Bob and I attended U.S.I.U. She was truly a special person that I'll always remember. Most of all I'll remember her big smile that would light up any room and her great sense of humor and wonderful laugh. It's been a long time since I got to visit with Bob and Merced. It was during our 10 year Castle Park reunion in 1981. Time has a way of getting away and that certainly is true in our case.

My sincere condolences to Bob and all the family. I know your hearts are heavy since Merced passed away. Let me leave my thoughts with these words:

"Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed, but very dear. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. "

God bless you all today and always.


J. Lorio

July 18, 2018

II: Auntie Merce,

Still can't believe you are no longer here with us. You were always so happy and would brighten any room you walked into. It was always a pleasure to see you and be around you. Thanks for being so sweet and kind to me and sorry I didn't get to visit you when you were sick.
Love & miss you always,

J. Lorio Jr.