February 4, 1942 – April 3, 2021
Lilian worked for the City of Delano for 26 years till her retirement in 2008. She first started in the Planning and Building Department in 1982 as a Planning Technician and advanced a few years later into the Human Resources Department as a Personnel Analyst. Upon her retirement she was the Human Resources Manager running the department. Lilian was a member of the National Association of Female Executives, was Secretary for the City’s Planning Commission, Economic Development Steering Committee, Redevelopment Agency, and Citizen’s Advisory Committee.
Prior to moving to the United States, she lived in the Middle East in Tehran, Iran. She worked for Pars Hospital in Tehran. In Iran, she met many of her lifelong friends. Generous in their heart and souls, Lilian and her husband “Tony,” often offered their home to strangers who were relocating to Iran. Many of these strangers would become close friends.
In the United States she lived in various places such as Rochester, Minnesota, Spring Valley, New York, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey and finally settling roots in Delano, California with her husband, son, and daughter. Lilian started her career with Air America in the Philippines as a Personnel Representative where she met her husband, Antonio Santos, Jr. When he passed away, they were married for 25 years.
Lilian was very giving and active in the community. She was involved with Soroptimist International, Philippine Weekend and was part of the Philippine Festival Board that brought the annual celebration back to Cecil Park from Memorial Park and diverted its cancellation. She also started the Santacruzan and the Tiny Tots Pageant to be part of the Philippine Weekend Festivities in Delano. She brought many Filipino artists and singers from the Philippines and United States to perform in Delano during the Singing Contest portion of the festivities. The stage that is used annually was her inception and contribution to the community. Lilian also helped organize a fundraiser to raise money for the orphans of the David Livingstone Foundation in the Philippines. Lilian served on Kern County’s Aids Advisory Board representing Delano to Kern County’s Board of Supervisors. She also gave many Proteus participants their head start in their careers.
Lilian was the recipient of the Delano Chamber of Commerce “Woman of the Year” in 1999 for her Community Service.
Lilian loved to travel around the world and visited such places as Switzerland, Greece, Germany, Egypt, France, Italy, Denmark, Philippines, and Japan to name a few. She enjoyed collecting European dolls, coins, and stamps.
Lily, as she was fondly known by those around her, loved her family like only a Mother could. Even friends became family and many would just drop by and stay for hours to enjoy her delicious cooking. She always put family first and made sure they knew she loved them with all her heart.
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Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.delanomortuary.com for the Santos family. Services entrusted to Delano Mortuary, a Dignity Memorial provider.
- Luanne Santos, Daughter
- Anthony Santos, Son
- Alyssa Santos, Daughter-in-law
- Julian Santos, Grandson
- Layla Santos, Granddaughter
- Erna Pagtakhan Carlos, Sister
- Ester Pagtakhan Ebrahimipour, Sister
- Ellen Pagtakhan Bulanhagui, Sister
- Leo Santos
- JR Santos
- Brando Gaspar
- Gerry Gaspar
- Phillip Cummings
- David Garo
- Jirard Aguilar
- Joseph Lumba
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Prayer and Remembrance
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, April 16, 2021
April 17, 2021
Auntie Lily was a kind, generous lady. She was always smiling and there was never a day that you didn't see her smile! I have such fond memories of her when we were in Iran.
April 16, 2021
My beloved Ate Lilia,
God knows how much I love and miss you. Eventhough you left us, you will always be in my heart. I will miss the "I love you" we always said to each other everytime we talked.
Thank you for all the things you have done to us and will always cherish the memories we shared together.
Lots of love,
April 16, 2021
My beloved sister,
I love you and miss you so much. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to fulfill my promise to you to be by your side in the end like you asked. I hope you understand the reasons why. You are always in my heart and we are always beside you.
Willie and Rowena Pagtakhan
April 15, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Luanne, Anthony and the rest of the family. May God’s love and peace that surpasses all understanding bring you comfort at this time of sorrow.
Ate Lilia was a kind-hearted woman and beautiful inside and out. She was the epitome of love and compassion throughout her life. She will be missed.
April 15, 2021
Really sad to hear that Ate Lilia (we always called her "Lilia") had passed away. Sending our deepest condolences to the family. I still remember visiting Tiya Nati's house in Pasay City when I was younger. Everyone would be there and they always served plenty of food. I loved going there!
Luanne, Anthony and family, please take care and be safe!
April 15, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Luanne, Anthony and Family for the loss of Cousin Lilian. Last time I saw Lilian was when she was still working with Air America at Clark AB, Philippines. So long ago but I remember the day when I went to see Tiyo Mensio. I stayed overnight at their home in Balibago, Pampanga. RIP Lilian. God bless my cousins and their family.
April 14, 2021
Luanie my deepest condolences to you and your family your mom was like a sister or second mother to me and my kids she would always tell us how much she appreciated us for doing her yard and every week she would come out and show it by giving us water and sodas and snacks for 30 plus years! I really appreciated her love and care for us. We really loved her for her kindness and care for us. We would often talk about the city days and how much fun we had working there. She was a beautiful amazing woman with a big heart and we will miss her dearly! I know she is in a better place now and maybe one day I can mow your lawn up there in the heavens some day. May you RIP! Love you Lillian ❤️❤️❤️
April 11, 2021
Lilian thank you for your love and kindness. Your sweet voice talking about Luanne , Anthony , Alyssa and your grand kids Julian and Layla you call them your darlings. I’ll remember our times together Luanne you and I going out to eat. Coming back to the house sitting with Luanne’s head resting on your shoulder very touching We love so you so much. I will cherish you forever until we meet again. I love you.
April 7, 2021
My deepest condolences to you Luanne and Anthony and all of your family.
I learned alot working with Lillian when she was in charge of the Human Resource Dept. Always giving me advice about work.
We shared a sister bond as we celebrated our birthdays together at times.
Thank you for sharing your mom with us. She will be missed greatly.
Heaven has gained another beautiful Angel.
Susana (Susie) Valenzuela
April 6, 2021
Sorry to hear the loss of Lillian she also helped me while I was working for the city of Delano if it wasn't for her I would not have last working 40 years he was a blessing and always willing to help people God bless her and her family may she rest in peace
April 6, 2021
My deepest condolences to you Luanne and Anthony as well as all of your loved ones feeling the loss of Lilian's passing.
If it wasn't for Lilian, I would not be working for the City of Delano. I always remember her kind words and support as a teenager gearing me towards working for the City.
May she rest in eternal peace...
Sylvia Vega Bermudez