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Palm Southwest Mortuary

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OBITUARY

Emilie Gaston De Luna

April 20, 1945January 15, 2020
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Emilie Gaston De Luna was born on April 20, 1945 and passed away on January 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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  • Memorial Service Friday, January 24, 2020

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Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Emilie Gaston De Luna who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Emilie was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Emilie knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.

Emilie was born on April 20, 1945 at Silay City Hospital in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Her parents were Serafin Gaston and Fausta Cepeda. Emilie was raised in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Even as a youngster, Emilie learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that she carried with her throughout her life.

As a young girl, Emilie was able to put her natural abilities to work. She was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, she liked to organize and direct. Emilie was raised with five siblings. She had two older brothers: Serafin Gaston, Jr. and Randolf Gaston, two older sisters: Sally Gaston Belzunce and Lourdes Prokop and one younger sister: Maria Andrie Gaston Cordova. Emilie had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Emilie, this was a natural order of life, one she gladly embraced.

Emilie's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during her childhood. As a young girl, Emilie enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Emilie took part in diving, swimming and volleyball. She was a member of Drama Club and Speech Club. In her spare time she liked reading novels, listening to music and singing. Emilie's memorable achievements included winning a declamation contest.

In school, Emilie was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. She sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of her classes. She would eagerly complete her homework, and often put in extra study time when she felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Emilie was always good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Emilie’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” She graduated from Santa Teresita Academy in 1961. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school were Literature and History. She represented her class and won the annual speech contest making her the champion among the other higher class.

Emilie’s practical work ethic carried over into her college years. Her logical mind permitted her to work hard without succumbing to the usual distractions of college life. She would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving onto the next project. Emilie’s orderly nature gave way to establishing personal study habits and procedures that not only helped her stay on track but often put her ahead of schedule. When Emilie saw the need or benefit, she would willingly take on the extra assignment or even attend extra classes in order to learn more and become a better student. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in Philippine Normal University. She also pursued graduate school, earning her Master of Arts in Education from Philippine Normal University and Master of Business Administration in Ateneo, Philippines. She represented her first year class in a Beauty Pageant and won!

An objective and conscientious individual, Emilie reveled in the security of her family. On May 16, 1970 Emilie exchanged wedding vows with Cesar Belmonte De Luna at the Santa Rita Parish Church of Quezon City, Philippines. One of Emilie’s most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends.

Emilie was ever watchful of her children. She worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. She maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Emilie would give her stamp of approval to their requests, as long as she could see how they might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her children were properly raised. Emilie was blessed with four children, three sons: Vincent Anthony, Paulo and Alexander and one daughter, Marietta. They were also blessed with eight grandchildren, Alyssa, Arianna, Audrey, Athena, Aiden, Ashton, Beatrice and Mateo.

Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Emilie was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Emilie was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Emilie upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was Professor and General Manager of Government Service Insurance System. She was employed for twenty-five years by The Government Service Insurance System in the Philippines. Emilie was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

Emilie approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were singing, reading novels and best-selling books; watching t.v., shopping and going to church. She loved an intellectual argument. Emilie was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Emilie to do in life and that carried over to her enjoyment of sports. In high school, Emilie played volleyball. In her college years, Emilie continued to stay active by diving and swimming. She also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity.

Being generous with her time and energy, Emilie liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. She was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. Her desire to uphold traditions and her ability to take charge of any type of project made her a tremendous asset. In high school, Emilie was a member of the Sodality - A Marian Religious Organization, Drama Club and Declamation Club. In college, Emilie joined the Drama and Speech Club and joined several beauty pageants. Throughout her later years, Emilie was an active member as a Vice President of her Home Owners Association in South Admiral Village, Paranaque, Manila, Philippines.

A civic-minded person, Emilie was usually ready to jump in and help with community activities. She was the type of person who could masterfully organize events and projects and then see to it that they were run in an efficient and timely manner. Emilie was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Home Owners Association. During these years, Emilie applied her analytical intellect to problem solving and so was an asset on most committees.

Faith was important to Emilie. She held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay she saw around her. For that reason she held deep spiritual beliefs that she was willing to share. She was a member of the Sodality Club - A Marian Religious Organization.
As someone who placed a high value on showing gratitude, Emilie could graciously accept a “thank you” extended to her by those she helped. However, individual recognition wasn’t a motivating force for Emilie; rather, when she saw that there was a need to get something done, she was more than willing to give her time and energy in order to see it accomplished. Some of her most prestigious awards included Miss Posture in a Beauty Pageant in the Philippine Normal College and Miss Caltex's Runner-Up.

When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Emilie used her scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that she made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Emilie had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included Australia because she loves the clean air and can breathe better.

When Emilie’s retirement finally arrived in 2005, she was well prepared. She used her critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. Her new life involved relocating to Manila, Philippines to be closer to her family. In retirement, she found new pleasure in attending to her children. In many ways, Emilie loved retirement. It provided her with the opportunity to catch up with her friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

Emilie passed away on January 15, 2020 at her home. She died peacefully in her sleep. She is survived by her children: Vincent, Paulo, Alexander and Marietta, and grandchildren: Alyssa, Arianna, Audrey, Athena, Aiden, Ashton, Beatrice and Mateo. Services were held at Palm Southwest Mortuary, Las Vegas, Nevada.

All who knew her would agree that Emilie was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Emilie Gaston De Luna did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.