Mrs. Lois M Laygo

September 22, 1932September 21, 2013

Lois Laygo, much beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and leader in the Filipino-American community, died peacefully on Saturday, September 21, 2013 the day before her 81st birthday. Lois was born to Gervacio and Rosario Mati on September 22, 1932 in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She married Dr. Paul Laygo in 1951 and moved to the United States in 1960. Lois was President of the Filipino Women's Club of Fresno and Vicinity, Vice President of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Pilipino Political Action Coalition of Central California, past First Lady of the Knights of Columbus Council 840, Lions Club "Mother of the Year" in 1991, and she is considered by many to be the First Lady of the Fil-Am Association of Fresno and Vicinity because of her early and dedicated involvement and her role in securing the Fil-Am building in Fresno, known for civic, social and cultural events. Lois was an avid gardener and world traveler. With husband Paul she was known to be a gifted matchmaker as attested to by many happy couples. She was thoroughly devoted to her Catholic Faith, her husband, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, her many friends, and the Filipino community. The void she leaves behind will never be filled but her love will continue to grow for generations. She was preceded in death by her daughter Estrella Parker and her son-in-law Dan O'Brien. In addition to her husband Paul, Lois is survived by her children, Vickie Veen and her husband John, Lisa O'Brien, Joseph Laygo and his wife Norma, Charles Laygo and his wife Lani, Anthony Laygo and his wife Patty; son-in-law, Henry Parker; her grandchildren, Shawn, Natasha, Henry Jr., Tiffany, Paul Jr., Sarah, Jonathan, Casey, Joey, Megan, Charles Jr., Veronica, Amanda, Brittany, Stacy, Brandon; and ten great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John's Cathedral on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Peter's Cemetery.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 1, 2013
  • Vigil Service Tuesday, October 1, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mrs. Lois M Laygo

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Alexander 'A.J.' Tadena

October 6, 2013

To grandpa Paul and the Laygo family, deepest sympathies and condolences to your loss of grandma Lois. I still remember her from younger kid years at the Fil-Am. God Bless and hugs always to you, from me and my family.

Johnny and Grace Fong

October 2, 2013

Dear Paul and family,

Our condolences. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrOW.

Erlinda Ragasa

October 1, 2013

To the Laygo Family esp. to manong Paul,
Saying goodbye to a loved one is one of life's most difficult tasks. There are no words powerful enough to ease your pain at a time like this but I hope that the Blessings of life and precious memories you shared together will give you strength and peace to cope the void she left behind. Manong Paul, take one day at a time and try to think and do things that you think would make manang Lois happy & hope it will also make you feel good. Take care and our thoughts & prayers will always be with you from the Ragasa family.

Erlinda Ragasa

October 1, 2013

To the Laygo Family especially to manong Paul,
Saying goodbye to a loved one is surely one of life's most difficult tasks. There are No words powerful enough to ease your pain at a time like this. I hope that the blessings of life and precious memories you shared together will give you strength and peace in this time of grief. Manong Paul, just take one day at a time and do the things that you think makes manang Lois happy. Prayers and thoughts from the Ragasa family,
Linda Ragasa

The Rosales Family

October 1, 2013

Our deepest sympathy,and may Gods love be your families comforter.

She will live on in the hearts of everyone who loved her.
Never be forgotten!
Rest in Peace Auntie Lois.

Jess and Sally Castillo

October 1, 2013

Our heart goes out to the entire Laygo family for their loss and our love and prayers to Dr. Paul Laygo at this time of sad bereavement

Rivas Family Sunnyside Trophy

September 30, 2013

Dearest Paul and Family,
Lois will be missed. Her love of family and cultural tradition is a legacy that will live on forever. We will keep her close in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless and comfort your loving family.
"Rest In Peace Lois"

Fresno Fil-Am Oriental Market

September 29, 2013

To the Laygo family specially to Manong Dr. Paul, our words will not be able to convey how we all will miss your beloved wife, mom, grandma, mom-in-law. Manang Lois sudden goodbye to us all will surely be a big blow to the Fresno-Clovis Filipino community. What now with her motherly leadership on various events to enhance joyful fellowship? Her legacy will forever stay in our memories. We love her & we love you too.
We share in your grief...
Rigon family (Au, Rudy, King, Al, Ethan)

Al and Brenda Graves

September 29, 2013

Lisa and family: So sorry about your loss. We are praying God will give you strength in the coming days and know you have friends in us and those at work who love you.

Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Chapel

September 29, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.