Aurora S. Badavi

July 23, 1950October 8, 2021

The legacy of Dr. Aurora Santos Badavi extends far beyond her death.

Aurora passed away on October 8, 2021 at the age of 71 after a brave, arduous fight against cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family, who will always be inspired by the impact she had on her community.

Aurora Tamayo Santos was born to Epifanio and Ana Santos on July 23, 1950, the second of eleven children, in the province of Pangasinan in the Philippines. She graduated from medical school at the University of Santo Tomas in 1974 and later immigrated to the United States, where she met her husband, Francis Badavi. They connected over their shared love of travel and deep commitment to family, and in 1992 they had a beloved daughter, Mary Ann. The family moved to a house by the water in Suffolk, Virginia, and Aurora taught Mary Ann how to watch for the birds, fish, and sometimes even dolphins that lived on the river.

Aurora worked as a pediatrician at the Peninsula Institute of Community Health for 25 years, where she cared for thousands of children in the Hampton Roads area. Even after her retirement in 2018, she was often stopped at the grocery store by former patients, who remembered her compassionate care, astute medical expertise, and genuine investment in their future.

Aurora was a master in the kitchen, always working on perfecting a new recipe. An avid reader, she could start and finish reading a book over the course of a few hours. Her extended family spanned across the world, from California and Canada to Abu Dhabi and the Philippines, but she always made time to check in on her friends, siblings, and over forty nieces and nephews. She was a constant source of support, wisdom, and counsel to all who were lucky to know her, and she will be missed beyond measure.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer or to the Haiti Orphanage Fund of the Church of St. Thérèse.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021


Aurora S. Badavi

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Tiffany Banks-Kindred

October 16, 2021

I send my deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Badavi. She was my doctor when I was younger as well as my children doctor. She was my inspiration for going into the medical field. She will be greatly missed. R.I.P Dr. Badavi

Carolyn Ratliff Smith

October 16, 2021

To the Badavi family I send my deepest Condolences to your family. May God comfort the family. She was my Daughter pediatrician , we love coming in to see her. Dr. Badavi will be truly missed. Rest Easy

Karen Banks

October 16, 2021

Dr. Badavi was my doctor when i was younger and im now 32. She will be greatly missed. Rip Dr. Badavi.

Nancy Stith-Harrell

October 15, 2021

Worked with Dr. Badavi for 14 years PICH. Watched her love taking care of the kids
Dr. Badavi had a loving and kind spirit.

Alexis Futrell Bowles

October 15, 2021

To the family: you all are in my prayers I thank her for all she has done for SEVHS over 25 years. One of the best pediatrician on this side of Earth

Slade Stephanie

October 15, 2021

I remember this beautiful women for since 1990 when she started caring for my daughters, than my grands. She will all ways be remembered. RIP Dr. Badavi

Lakelah Battle

October 15, 2021

Wow is all I can say, Hurt is not even the word, she has been all my kid's dr. Ages 22, 19,18, 13, 12, and 9. She was also my granddaughter Dr you was the best around. You was love by many and will be missed 😚

Shonda Hicks

October 15, 2021

She was a sweet lady. She has seen all 5 of my kids. My oldest being 19. So gentle with a true love for not just her patients but the whole family as well. R.I.PDr. Badawi. Your love and care for others will never be replaced. Praying for comfort for the family.

Yasmine Taliaferro

October 15, 2021

Dr.Badavi was the best Doctor ever! She was me and my siblings doctor,and then my kids doctor…she will definitely be missed by all of her former patients….sleep peacefully Dr.Badavi😘

Kimberly Knox-Jones

October 15, 2021

Hello my name is Kimberly Knox-Jones she was my kids doctor when they where babies Latasha’s and Courtney Knox-Jones. And she was the nice and kind and caring person you ever want to know. They are now 30 and 32 now she worked at the P.I.C.H Clinic in Newport News Virginia for years she was the best Doctor for my babies. And I thank God for her service for the community helping and caring for my kids and other people kids in the community. I am so sorry for your loss she was a extraordinary woman and she really loved her job and she took good care for my kids and the people in my community kids also she will be sadly missed.