The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001028495-01
Funeral Notices

FILOMENA GUMAYAGAY PARUBRUB 82, was called to heaven on August 6, 2017. She was born on March 11, 1935 in Brgy #17, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She was the third of nine children born to Placido and Eufemia Gumayagay. In 1954, 19 year old Mena was introduced to her future husband from Baay, Batac, Ilocos Norte, Sergio Hernando Parubrub. A month later, they were married and enjoyed 39 years of love together. In 1960 husband Sergio brought Mena and 1st child Ailyn to permanently settle down in tranquil Kahalu’u. Together they were blessed with four wonderful children, daughter Ailyn, and sons Max, Walter and Edwin. As the first of her siblings to become a US Citizen, Mena successfully petitioned for her mother, seven siblings, husband’s siblings and their families to immigrate to Hawaii from the Philippines. Mena enjoyed a career with Outrigger Hotel in Waikiki, and later with General Services Administration at the US Federal Courthouse in Honolulu. She started when the Courthouse was first built, and retired 24 years later in 1997. Mena was thorough, efficient, and took pride in her work, which garneredher many achievement awards and distinctions throughout her career. Both Mena and Sergio loved traveling and ship cruises, enabling them tovisit the world’s major cities and historic sites. Another passion that she had was growing plants and trees, usually waking up before sunrise and spending hours nurturing her beautiful gardens. Her family and friends say she had cool hands because everything she planted gave back an abundance of fruits, vegetables and flowers. She was a great daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and lived the spirit of God by helping others. Family was thepriority in Mena’s life and she always took the opportunity to be generous with her time and talents with everyone. As the family matriarch, she enjoyedhosting parties and holidays, which brought family and friends together. Mena is preceded in death by husband Sergio, and survived by daughter Ailyn (Timothy) Lum, sons Max (Maria), Walter (Elizabeth), and Edwin Parubrub. Grandchildren: Edson, Erik (Jessica), Evan (Shannon), Christopher, Adam, Mitchell, Daniel (Meghan), Marissa, Emmit, and Lauren. Great grandchildren: Jaylee, Kaya, K’syn and Darwin. Siblings Anacleto (Magdalena), Cirilo (Francisca), Agapito (Betcheda), Dalmacio (Delia) Gumayagay and Carmelita (Paul) Oshiro. Predeceased in death by brothers: Ernesto, Juan (Natividad), and Tiburcio (Rosita). Visitation 5:30 pm Friday October 6, 2017 Hawaiian Memorial Park, Kaneohe. Visitation 8:30 am , Mass 10:30am Saturday October 7, 2017 St. Ann Catholic Church Kaneohe, burial to follow at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park 12:00 pm.