OBITUARY

Melba Rillera Orpilla

March 9, 1922November 6, 2018
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Melba Rillera Orpilla was born on March 9, 1922 and passed away on November 6, 2018.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Vigil Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Melba Rillera Orpilla

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Fides Orpilla-Le Roy

November 20, 2018

My mother is the epitome of patience, perseverance, resilience, and tenacity. I have many memories of her, but one that always comes to mind is when she spent two hours solving a word problem with me for my algebra homework back in high school. In fact, Mr. Andrich, my algebra teacher announced to the class that we had done such a good job with the problem, that if anybody in the class needed help, they should just ask me!

Mom was a bulldog and wouldn't let any project go until she figured out the answer or solution. For that, I am thankful. As I contemplate all the characteristics that I may have inherited from her, I would have to say that I don't even come close to her level of patience... but she has set a very high standard -- one that I will emulate.

From one teacher to another, she said, "Always set a high standard and your students will make an effort to reach it!"

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