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Chona Pacot Anwar

December 15, 1960November 16, 2020
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Chona Pacot Anwar passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 10:20 PM in Dallas, Texas surrounded by family. She was born on December 15, 1960 in Surigao City, Philippines to Cosme and Caridad Pacot. Chona was the youngest of four siblings, Carlo, Cerlina and Cynthia. She grew up in the Philippines and moved to Auburn, Nebraska in 1973 when her father came to practice as a Reverend in the United States. She later moved to Texas in 1979.

She attended the University of Texas at Arlington and focused on Business Administration. During her time in school, Chona met Masud Anwar through a mutual friend. One night after seeing Chona in her purple Marriott uniform dress, Masud thought, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry!” And he did - the two were married on December 22, 1988 in Arlington, Texas.

Soon after, Chona and Masud moved to Hong Kong. They welcomed their ‘made-in-China’ daughter, Amalia, in 1990. They moved back to Texas the following year and their family continued to grow - Sabina was born in1993, and Alyssa in 1996. While building a family, Chona worked in accounting across many industries professionally, including oil and gas, manufacturing, and macaroni (Kraft Heinz).

As the girls grew up, Chona played the role of baker, expert chef, costume designer, and DIY queen. She welcomed everyone into her home and treated them like they were her own. Chona always had a project and was always planning her next trip. She never missed Dallas Restaurant week, and according to her, could make everything better herself at home.

Chona was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 - she fought fiercely for over seven years. Anyone who knows Chona knows that she took on this battle with grace, persistence, and relentless positivity, with no hint of bitterness. She didn’t let her diagnosis stop her from becoming a dog mom for the seventh time, taking on a home renovation, running and selling a successful restaurant, traveling all the way around the globe (again), and being friends with literally everyone she ever met.

Chona is survived by her very spoiled husband, Masud, three daughters, Alyssa, Sabina and Amalia, soon-to-be son-in-law, Brandon, and two four-legged children, Sully and Honey.

A funeral service for Chona will be held on Saturday, November 21 at 12 PM at Grand Prairie Funeral Home (733 Dalworth Street, Grand Prairie, TX 75050). The service will also be live-streamed for those who cannot join us. Flowers may be sent to Grand Prairie Funeral Home and donations may be sent to the Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grandprairiefh.com for the Anwar family.

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Cerlina Quijano

November 21, 2020

She got married and moved to Hongkong and their first child Amalia was born. I wanted so much to be there and offer support like she did with me, but due to money constraint that did not materialize. However, our brother Carlo went and met our newborn niece and offered moral support.

She loved her husband and their three beautiful girls. She was always excited to share their accomplishments and very supportive of what they do. Her last desire was to live long enough to witness her second daughter Sabina graduate from the CRNA program. But God had other plans – He wanted her to come home and meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

She was a long-term survivor of an initial diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer. Her remaining life of 7 years was a miracle to be able to ward off the disease for that long. She did not let her illness slow her down…she took care of our aging parents’ daily need. She never complained but just quietly suffered through it. When you look at her or meet her for the first time, you’ll never know that she was gravely ill. She fought cancer with utmost dignity, grace and courage in the face of fear.

Towards the end I told Chona that I’ll be there for her girls if they will let me. So, Amalia, Sabina and Alyssa…from now on I’m going to be your nosy Auntie Inday…however, I promise that I will not be irritating nor annoying…unlike a certain somebody that we all know…just a family joke!

My dear sister, I will miss you every day for the rest of my life, but you will forever stay in my heart. How I wish I could have shielded you from unnecessary heartaches and trials. Rest in peace, my dear Chona! I am thankful that you are no longer suffering. Goodbye for now……I will see you again in eternity. Say “Hello to Papa and Robert”.

May God’s amazing grace, who has called us to eternal glory in Jesus Christ, comfort, restore and strengthen our faith as we go through these successive fiery trials in our family. To GOD be the glory.

Vincent Baloche

November 21, 2020

Difficult to believe that Chona will not be with us anymore.
I met Chona when I arrived In US working in the same company as Masud.
They welcomed me with open arms in their family, helped me all the years I spent in Texas.
I will never forget her smile, her generosity, her strength.
I'm grateful I met Chona and her family and will never be enough thankful.
I will miss you my dear Friend

Priscilla Villamil

November 21, 2020

Cousin Chona was an inspiration to so many people. She fought against this awful disease with dignity, grace , and strength. She never complained. We texted back and forth many a time and she would always say she was "OK" or "doing fine". This last admission to the hospital I knew things were different for her because she texted "not good".
I would bring her pain butter, that a friend of mine made with essential oils, for her legs . It was the least I could do. I wish I could have done more to ease her discomfort. But when I saw her she always had a smile on her face. As Masud said "no drama Chona".
I will miss her terribly. She will alsways be in my heart and serve as an inspiration to me.
She loved Masud and her girls so much....
Warm hugs to all of you...
Love Precy/Auntie Precy

MILDRED FERNANDEZ

November 21, 2020

Chona, is a gentle, kind and thoughtful yet strong-willed friend who I will treasure forever in my heart. Meeting you in college (UTA) was the start of a wonderful friendship. Indeed, I will always treasure our warm "sisterhood", our hilarious moments filled with laughter and the strong support we gave one another thru our journeys in life, even distance can't stop. Dear Chona, you remained a valiant fighter all the way.
My deepest sympathy to you, Masud & children; To sister Cynthia & family. God bless you all during these difficult times.
Chona, God bless your sweet soul. Our love will soar to the heavens and stay with you always. I will miss you very much.
Love from Mildred & family

Rhoda Acuña

November 21, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the Anwar family and the Pacot Clan. May God comfort you and give you peace in this sad and difficult time. Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. Rest in peace, Chon. You will be greatly missed.❤🙏

Beth Bernardez Leterc

November 21, 2020

This was taken in spring of 2012 during a TX family visit and one of the last times I saw Chona in person at their Maac's Grill restaurant.

I'm glad we were able to connect via texts these last few months. You were such a beautiful person, so loving and kind, always thinking of others than yourself. I'll miss you. Rest easy, cousin.

Rhoda Acuña

November 21, 2020

A lasting happy memory of Chona is when she asked me to do her hair and make up on her wedding day. I was honored to have done it. True to Chona's simplicity, no fuss make up was what she wanted. She was radiant. gorgeous and elegant! Thanks Chona for the trust since I am not a hair dresser nor make up artist. That's what make her so special. Her kind and gentle nature is what exudes in lasting friendship with her. We will greatly miss you. Rest in peace. Love you.

Imran Zaman

November 21, 2020

Chona Anwar, a wonderful mother and a great wife. Will always miss her. God needs her in His Heaven. That’s where she is now. Now we have another Angel above, the Chona Angel.

My deepest condolences to my friend, my brother, Masud Anwar, her three wonderful daughters and the entire family. I will always miss you, will always remember you, Chona. Rest in Peace in God’s Heaven.

Raihan Ameen

November 21, 2020


We recall the first time We met up with Chona. We were living in Hong Kong at the time.
She had her quiet smile, poise and a look of contentment that was always with her.
We recall the apartment in North Point and what a cozy home she made of that. We also recall the few occasions we met up in Dhaka during her trips with Masud. She remained her old self, carrying with her that look of poise and contentment.
We could tell that she made Masud complete, just as Masud and the Girls made her the lady with the look of contentment and poise.
We pray to the Almighty to Bless her Soul with eternal peace and give her an abode in Heaven in eternal bliss.
Sabina & Raihan Ameen

Michele Jacobs

November 20, 2020

It isn't easy to talk about the life of someone who should still be with us. Even harder to remember the impact of that person on your life. I had the pleasure of meeting Chona through Masud, we worked together. Chona and Masud have a way of making everyone in their orbit feel welcome and I will always cherish the friendship of both of them. She was so supportive of me when I decided later than most to become a mom and was great with Nick. And when my mom died in December she came over to my mom's apartment without me asking and helped to pack up everything. I called her the general because she just got everyone working. She got more work done by herself than 3 people.

Chona and I had spent time together more and more over the last few years. Whenever I pull out a dish to serve dinner I will think of Chona because she was with me at Ikea when I picked them out. Whenever I sit on my sofa I will think of Chona because she was with me when I bought it. So many memories. And I am one more person who had made plans to travel with Chona that will now never happen. We were going to France to visit our dear friend Vincent. Once the world returns to normal my son and I will go on that trip in her memory. It will be painful to not have her with us.

Farewell my dear friend.
Never forgotten, Always missed.
Michele

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