OBITUARY

Roberta Pangilinan Golla

June 7, 1942November 25, 2019
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Forever in our Hearts

Roberta "Betty" Golla, 77, passed away on 11/25/2019, in Seattle, WA. She was born on 6/7/1942 in Baras, Rizal Philippines, but has been a Seattlite for 40 years.

In the Philippines, she taught elementary school (K-6) for 10 years and then went to work for the Department of Labor as a personnel clerk. Roberta was a woman of service. As she was getting ready to transition into doing missionary work, she met Nick Golla and plans changed. They fell in love quickly and got married in Baras. She moved to Seattle shortly afterward in 1978. On October 28, 1979, she gave birth to Nicholas Noel Golla. When he started Kindergarten she resumed teaching for the Head Start Program of the Seattle School District for over 20 years. Roberta was also an active leader and member of the St George Parish Community and the Bataan Corregidor Survivors Association and their Families. She received many awards as an educator in the Philippines as well as in the US. She always said, ”take care of one another", and that's what she did for her step sons +Norman & Gabe, and her beloved husband, +Nick, as well as her son "Nicky". She loved all her step kids and grandchildren. She was a woman of great faith, appreciated all things hand made, and always said, "oh, beautiful".

Roberta was preceded in death by her husband, Nick of 38 years, and her step son, Norman. She is survived by: her one and only son, Nicholas (Anna), step children, Michael, Edna (Tony), (Bonnie), & Gabe; grandchildren, Max, Rio, Nina (James), Norman (Amy), Michelle, Mikey, Tiana (Gifford), Aubrey (Alex), Sam, Danielle (Ricky), & Angelina; great grandchildren, Makayla, Giovanni, Armani, & Nico; her sister, Carpen & brother, Severino "Bino" of the Philippines.

Visitation will be held at Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home, on Tuesday 12/10/2019 from 10am-8pm with a Rosary and short program beginning at 5pm. Funeral Mass will be held at St George Church on Wednesday, 12/11/2019 at 10am. In lieu of white flowers, memorials may be made to St George School, St George Church, or The American Cancer Society.

Services

10 December

Viewing and Rosary at Evergreen-Washelli

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home

Tribute Center

11111 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133

Rosary at 5:00 PM
11 December

Viewing

9:00 am - 10:00 am

St. George Catholic Church

5306 13th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

11 December

Funeral Mass

10:00 am - 11:30 am

St. George Catholic Church

5306 13th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

11 December

Graveside Service

1:45 pm

Tahoma National Cemetery

18600 SE 240th St
Kent, WA 98042

11 December

Reception

2:15 pm

Location pending at this time


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Edna Golla

December 7, 2019

From an interview with Gabriel F. Golla, these are things Gabriel remembers about "Betty":
Betty was a good cook.
I liked her chicken adobo, and leche flan.
I taught her how to cook beef stroganoff, Parmesan chicken and (make) cranberry sauce.
When I got sick, she gave me cough medicine.
I remember she liked to grow corn.
She liked to grow peas, string beans, potatoes and carrots.
She liked growing tulips.
She was a caring, loving mother.
"I will always love you, I will miss you."
Gabriel was 25 years old when Betty became his step mother and lived with her until February 2017.

Edna Golla

December 5, 2019

Roberta and I became first time mothers in the same year (1979). Sharing our experiences as mothers brought us closer together and that closeness influenced Nicky’s and Tiana’s relationship which remains close to this day.
Roberta’s attention and care she gave my Dad in his later years demonstrated her profound love for him and the rest of the family. She enjoyed taking to task each family member’s birthday, graduation, anniversary etc. It was important to her to make everyone happy, as well as to give comfort and support.
Roberta’s battles and recoveries from cancer was a heartbreaking experience, but she did not allow that to define her legacy. Instead, she showed us how to persevere with dignity and grace. She was a living example of being “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:9-12). Her spiritual courage was truly admirable. Roberta, you shall forever remain in my heart. Thank you for all the wonderful memories. I will miss you and love you always.

Tony Chinn

December 4, 2019

Roberta is my step mother in law, the second wife to Captain Nick S. Golla and thus the step mother of my wife Edna F. Golla.
In 1978, I learned Captain Nick was taking another wife and she was arriving soon. Who was she? Of course, knowing the captain, she would be a woman of virtue and probably well educated. She was all that and more. She was an independent woman, a teacher and she was content, not in search of a husband.
Shortly after her arrival, she became pregnant which, was a surprise to me. I did not think the Captain wanted another child. I thought, my gosh, Edna is pregnant with our first child and Captain Nick was 60, I may have to help care for his child too. Of course that was totally unfounded as Captain Nick lived to be 97. He and Roberta raised their son Nicky and helped care for my daughter Tiana and later my 2nd daughter Aubrey as well. They were wonderful parents and grandparents.When Roberta allowed her hair to become all white several years ago, I was reminded how beautiful and wonderful she was. When she introduced me as “my son in law Tony”, I would add, “The favorite son in law!” I was also her only son in law. She would laugh and say, “Yes, my favorite son in law”. This became our standing joke and every time she said it, I felt she was saying how much she cared for me. When she asked me to fix something around her house or to drive her to a doctor’s appointment, I was happy to do it. She told me once that when I came around, I always made things better. It is nice to be someone’s favorite.Roberta, I thought you would be around much longer but I am glad for the good times we did have. It is fortunate that we had the time to drive to Arches National Park for the wedding of Aubrey and Alex before your cancer took its toll.
I will love you forever and miss you greatly.

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