FAUSTA REYES RAMIL
December 19, 1910 – September 16, 2011
Fausta Reyes Ramil, a Filipino native and proud American citizen, died in her home surrounded by loved ones in Concord, Calif.on Friday, September 16, 2011, at 100 years young. She was the beloved matriarch of a large and loving family.
The future Mrs. Ramil was born Fausta Matos Reyes to Reverend Arcadio Reyes and Gregoria Matos in Novaliches, Philippines, on December 19, 1910. Her father was a Methodist minister who traveled to various congregations throughout the island of Luzon. Her mother was a devout member of the IEMELIF Church (Evangelical Methodist Church of the Philippine Islands). In one of the many journals she kept, Fausta writes that her parents taught her to “Be always good to everybody, love yourself” in order to succeed in life, advice she dutifully passed on to the next generations.
In 1927, she met her “love forever”, Quintin A. Ramil. After a six year engagement – during which time they forged their relationship through love letters that spanned the thousands of miles separating them–Fausta and Quintin married on December 2, 1934. In 1956, they immigrated to the United States with their six children (a seventh would later be born in the US) and settled in Stockton, and later Livermore, Calif., to find a “job, good luck and fortune.”
A devoted wife and mother, Fausta dedicated herself to the happiness and well-being of her family. She and her husband were active in the Filipino American community in Livermore — notably, as a founding family of the Livermore Fil-Am Organization — and stressed to their children the importance of education. They were active members of the Asbury Methodist Church in Livermore.
After the passing of her husband in 1980, she became the family matriarch and enjoyed watching her family of seven children grow to include their spouses, 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. With great joy, she attended countless weddings, baptisms, graduations, cheerleading competitions, tennis matches, and soccer, wrestling, football and – her favorite – baseball games.
It is an understatement to say that she loved life and seized every second of it. Her journals alone – which document every detail of everyday, from what she ate to what time she went to bed – are a testament to her full embrace of life and the appreciation she had for every moment, small or large.
She started each day with a hot chocolate, indulged her sweet tooth with Kit Kats and vanilla ice cream, devotedly watched Dr. Schuller’s service as well as the “Prize is Right”, and was never without a Ricola in her purse. Her cooking was unparalleled, with family favorites that are still talked about today – including her lumpia, biko and potato salad – and she led the family in grace before every meal.
Every month, she put money away in her “Xmas club” account to save for the family’s favorite holiday tradition – the handing out of her Christmas cards and money that she proudly distributed to each family member, every year. She also donated to several charities every month ($5.00 each to organizations such as the American Red Cross, AARP and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation), poured over her ballot to prepare for Election Days, and campaigned for 30 years for her friend and favorite politician, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. At the age of 100, it was known that she would still powder her nose and apply lipstick, and would not leave the house without her heels and jewelry. She embodied grace, dignity and beauty, both inside and out.
She was never without a smile on her face, laughed wholeheartedly – even at herself – everyday, and often exclaimed with delight, “I’m so happy!” She will be missed by everyone that knew her, and especially by those who knew her as Mom, Inay, Grandma and Lola.
Fausta was preceded in death by her husband, Quintin A. Ramil. She is survived by five sons: Quintin Ramil, Jr. (Teresita Roxas), of San Diego; Mario Ramil (Judy Wong), of Waipahu, Hawaii; Lindo Ramil (Filipina Flores) of Livermore; Cesar Ramil (Anita Vanderlipe) of Livermore; and Michael Ramil (the late Sandy Fitzgerald) of Pleasanton; and two daughters: Norma Matro (Carlos Matro) of Aiea, Hawaii, and Gloria Ramil Omania (Louis Omania) of Concord.
The viewings will take place on Thursday, September 22, and Friday, September 23, from 4 pm to 8 pmat Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Avenue, in Livermore, Calif. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Asbury Methodist Church, 4743 East Avenue, in Livermore on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at 10 am, with burial at Memory Gardens in Livermore.