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Erlinda Ong Smith

July 11, 1932April 9, 2021
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Erlinda Ong Smith was born on July 11, 1932 and passed away on April 9, 2021 in San Diego, California and is under the care of El Camino Memorial - Sorrento Valley.

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Biography

Erlinda Ong Smith was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, Koa and Amah. Loving, hardworking, dedicated, caring, and generous, she will be missed by many people.

       Born to Natividad Alejandro and Ong Sy Chong in Makati, Philippines, Erlinda was the eldest sister of ten. She had three sisters: Elvira, Estrellita and Evelyn, and six brothers: Sigfrido, Ernesto, Edgardo, Efren, Emelito, and Enriquito.

      As a young girl, Erlinda had a number of interests. In her spare time, she liked to dress up; this sparked her desire to pursue her passion to become a beautician. At the age of 14, Erlinda was able to open her own beauty parlor in Makati. Erlinda worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Through this, she was able to support the academic and professional endeavours of her siblings, nieces and nephews. She also worked hard to raise her beloved daughter, Susan. She was also blessed with a son-in-law, Robert.

       Determined and strong, Erlinda emigrated to the United States in the 1970s. There, she continued her career as a beautician and eventually was able to sponsor her parents, siblings and daughter to join her in California. Erlinda ran her own parlor for over 50 years and retired to look after her nieces and nephews. She relished in her role as a full-time Amah after the birth of her granddaughters, Sabrina and Rebecca.

      Erlinda enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She loved to travel, dance, and treat her family and friends. She was always the first to suggest that the family should go out for ice cream, picnic at Mission Bay, visit Sea World or vacation together on a cruise.

      In her later years, Erlinda struggled with Alzheimer's. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at Oak Hill Residence in Escondido. Services were held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Erlinda was laid to rest in El Camino Memorial in San Diego, California.

     Erlinda leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. She will be deeply missed by friends and family.