Milagros "Millie" Acasio
January 4, 1935 – January 3, 2019
Milagros "Millie" Manipud Acasio, 83, of Chula Vista, California, passed away one day before her 84th birthday.
Milagros was born in Dagupan City, Philippines on January 4, 1935. Her parents were Emilia Claveria (Deceased) and Victor Manipud (Deceased). Her brothers were: Godofredo (Deceased) and Benjamin (Deceased) and one sister: Perserveranda “Persie” Nolan.
After knowing each other for three weeks she married the love of her life, Benito Catubig Acasio. Ben and Millie had four children and enjoyed 56 years of marriage - until Ben’s passing in 2012. They validated that “unconditional love” does exist.
Millie obtained her Bachelors of Science in Education in the Philippines, earned her certification in Headstart Teaching from San Diego State University and acquired her credential for Gerontology at the University of California.
Millie began her career as a teacher at the Neighborhood House Association. She enjoyed teaching the little ones known as “tiny tots”.
Millie spent 35 years working with the City of San Diego. She began her career, in the Parks and Recreation Department, as a Recreation Specialist in 1972. She was in charge of Southcrest Memorial, Paradise Hills, Logan and San Ysidro Senior Centers. She was also one of the persons responsible for spearheading the building of the Mira Mesa Community Center.
Millie then transferred from the Parks and Recreation Department into the Senior Services Department. At Senior Services, she developed and created TAP (Telephone-A Friend) to check on home bound seniors. Under Millie's supervision a pilot program named “Meals on Wheels” was developed and started, a service which provides meals to the sick, disabled and senior citizens. This organization continues to be in existence. Millie initiated many ongoing events such as the Senior Talent Show, the Senior Art Show, and the Craft and Hobby Show. She planned many senior activities, dances, and trips out of town. Millie oversaw over 75 volunteers who assisted the Senior Services Office in downtown San Diego.
Millie was involved with The Dagupan City Club of San Diego (DCCSD) and The Red Hat Society. The DCCSD gave her the opportunity to share her Filipino culture and traditions with her family and town mates. Her involvement in The Red Hat Society allowed her to have fun and perform community service work with the many friends she made while working at Senior Services.
After her retirement she continued to volunteer at the Salvation Army, Registrar of Voters, and she taught arts and crafts at the Senior Center in Balboa Park.
Though Millie devoted much time to various organizations, her family was her number one priority. She was a very loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She never boasted about her own accomplishments, however she took great pride in sharing the achievements of her children and their family members. She is survived by her children: Sammy, Benito Jr. (Robin), Michael (Raquel) and Melyn (Ariel). Her Grandchildren: Taressa, Sammy Jr., Alethea, Lillea, Tristyn, Rachael, Michael Jr., Jessica (Alfred) and Jenna. Her Great Grandchildren: Sammy Thomas, Brooklyn and Jiselle.
Milagros now rests eternally in Heaven and is reunited with her husband.
A visitation & celebration of life service for "Millie" will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Funeraria del Angel Chula Vista, 753 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910. A funeral mass will occur Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at St. Jude Shrine of the West, 1129 S. 38th Street, San Diego, CA 92113. A burial will occur Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 1:30 PM at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 NOBEL DR, SAN DIEGO, California 92122-5337 Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.humphreymortuary.com for the Acasio family.
- Visitation & Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, January 22, 2019
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 23, 2019
- Eternal Resting Place Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Milagros "Millie" Acasio
February 12, 2019
Happy early Valentine’s Day Grammy. It’s been 40 days without you and I’m still sad you’re gone. I miss you every day. I wish you were here so we could eat chocolate and talk about how boys are icky. I hope you’re enjoying your first Valentine’s Day reunited with Grandpa. I love you so much. - XOXO Rach
January 25, 2019
You were a great mom to me, always watching out for me and taking great care of me. Now you're in paradise with Dad, your brothers, relatives, family & friends. I'll miss those Sunday dinners and celebrating the holidays with you. The reason I was always there is because of you & Dad. You taught me to be a good person, I miss you so much! I'll never forget you. I love you always & forever!
January 23, 2019
I had the honor of being supervised by Millie from 2004 until she retired. I very much enjoyed being a part of Millie’s Red Hat-themed retirement party. So much red and purple! The Senior Citizen Services program continues to thrive due to the events that Millie initiated. Millie was loved by all who knew her. She was a pleasure to work with and will not be forgotten. I can only hope to aspire to Millie’s accomplishments.
January 22, 2019
I had the honor and privilege of working with Millie for many years at Park and Rec. She asked me to be her mentor when she participated in a career management program. Our friendship blossomed at that time and eventually I was assigned as Millie’s supervisor at the Senior’s program. She taught me many things about working with seniors and together we enjoyed so many special events and activities. What I remember most was her never ending smile, and the cheerful manner she always greeted everyone. We carpooled from time to time when we were having cars repaired, and shared stories of the adventures of our children and husbands! I am forever grateful for the chance to have known Millie, she truly enhanced my life and my career. God bless you Millie! I know you are resting in Heaven with your beloved Ben! Love Kathy Aceves
January 22, 2019
I had the privilege of working in the Park and Recreation Department with Millie. She was such a bright light in this world! I will always remember her genuine smile and the way she truly cared about others, whether she knew them personally or not. Millie was a friend to many and a role model of what it means to be loving and to have a generous heart. I thank God I got to know her and work with her and to be able to call her a friend. I can only imagine the loving legacy she has left to carry on her special ways through her children and grandchildren.
January 21, 2019
My dearest Auntie salamat po sa iyo para always being there for me. We both share the same birthday that’s why we have a special bond. We have our me and you time when we would talk about celebrating our birthday...I’m going to miss those times but I’ll call you Auntie every year to say Happy Birthday. You would always remind me to take care of Melyn cause we’re like sisters...Para sa iyo Auntie aking pangako mo ito me and Melyn will always take care of each other and be there for each other don’t you worry about that. I miss you Auntie you will always be forever in my heart I love you.
January 16, 2019
Mom, I have so many good memories with you that it’s difficult to pick one to share.
I remember the first time I met you, I was intimidated by your presence and you were watching me very closely (I think everyone remembers your stern face). As we got to know each other, I was able to see that you were a sweet and loving person, who never did or said anything unkind. We have joked and laughed ourselves to tears at times. Even though your health and memories were failing, I enjoyed my visits with you so much, and I will truly miss your beautiful smiling face.
I want to thank you for being a wonderful grandmother to our three children, you were always affectionate. One special thing you and our youngest daughter Tristyn shared is your birth month. She was born on January 2nd and you on January 4th. We are thankful to our loving savior for taking you home on January 3rd, so we could always have good memories on the 2nd and 4th.
Mostly, I would like to thank God for you. Through Him you were a blessing to your family. You took your children to church and made sure they learned about our Lord. You and dad were great role models for marriage and family. I am so thankful for the kind, considerate, funny man you raised Ben Jr to be. I pray that we will have as many happy years together as you both did.
Ben and I will continue to raise money for Alzheimer’s Association in your honor. We will continue to volunteer with the military to lay a Christmas wreath for dad & you at Miramar Cemetery. And we will continue to love you and keep your memory alive.
Until we meet again.
January 14, 2019
Millie Acasio was my mother-in-law and I had the very distinct honor and privilege of calling her "Mom". Mom was a wonderful, thoughtful, and caring woman. Mom not only possessed outwardly beauty, she was truly beautiful on the inside as well. She always put the happiness and well-being of those she loved (especially her children and their family members) ahead of her own. I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to know her, spend time with her, love her, and be loved by her.
There is a saying that goes, "The heart remembers most what it has loved best." Mom was so loved and not just by me, but by many, many others. In my heart Mom will always have a place. I love her and miss her. May she rest in peace.
January 14, 2019
The best thing I received this Christmas was the gift of time. Time to come home and be with you. Time to snuggle you, talk with you, and time to ultimately say my goodbyes. There aren't a lot of children who get to grow up so close with their grandmas. You and I, we did it all together; traveled, shopped, sang and danced. I am so lucky to have had twenty five years of loving you and growing with you, learning from you and playing with you. It hurts losing you but I've tried to find you everywhere; from the sun shining down on my face to the beautiful butterflies, that since your passing, I seem to find everywhere. I'll love you and miss you every day til I see you again. XO Rach
January 14, 2019
I was privileged to have Millie as a mother-in-law, grandmother to my children and great-grandmother to my grandchildren. The one quality that stands out foremost in my mind was her immense sense of gratitude. She was the most thankful person I know. She would thank anyone for anything, no matter how big or small. You could tell her big news like a grandchild had graduated or gotten a new job and she would exclaim “thank you lord”. Or you could tell her something as simple as the paper boy just threw the newspaper on the porch and she would say “thank you lord!”. She took nothing for granted and had a great appreciation for everything and everyone. Now, we are the ones that are greatful for her. For her beauty, humility, graciousness, kindness, strength, and love; for her life we say “thank you lord!”.
Mary Lou Garcia
January 13, 2019
Mrs. Acasio and Mr. Acasio moved next door to us before their daughter was born. I made friends with their daughter soon after.
Mrs. Acasio would always greet me as she walked down her front stairs on her way to work. Always with a big smile on her face.
I was always invited to their festivities, weddings, baby showers, coming home celebrations.
She was a very amazing mother.
After the family moved, I never had the honor of seeing them again.
I will be there to say my final goodbye and thank you for being in my life.
I love you
R. A. Santiago
January 11, 2019
I started out as friends with her two sons, since they and I had similar backgrounds, experiences and sense of humor. There were more similarities which were evident after meeting the entire family and sharing the laughs, highs, lows along with the good times and bad. More often, than not, it was fun to be around her family, especially after a hard day of work and studying.
As time passed, I realized that she was a strong woman who was generous, outgoing, opinionated, compassionate, responsible, loving and most importantly family-focused. Her family was her priority as well as her pride and joy.
She was also a good listener. At times she would sit in the same vicinity as me and da boys, concentrating on her specific task. Looking as if she wasn't listening to our conversations. When in fact, she was. This was indicated by her interjecting advice or opinion into our conversations. At first, I found this surprising, often making mine and da boys' eyes bug out. It also provided fodder for her sons' humorous embellishments to her words. Particularly if it involved me. But eventually, I often came to accept her words since another viewpoint is always helpful from someone who has lived through more experiences than I.
Being helpful and giving were only two of her many quality traits. They were her way to show love and concern for the people she knew. I know this was appreciated by all who received it as I am one of those. But most of all, I am very appreciative of all that she contributed to my life as well as her existence within it.
I call her mom because she accepted me as part of her family, so many years ago. I call her mom because she treated me like her own. I call her mom because I loved her like my true mother.
I love you mom! I will miss you!