In Memoriam

  • CARMEN JAYCO DEONA AVECILLA (July 16, 1939 – September 5, 2016)
  • BELLA LUISTRO PIZARRO (June 22, 1939 – August 12, 2020) 
  • ELIZABETH RAMIREZ PALOMO (July 26, 1953 – December 9, 2017)
  • NORMA UMALI ROXAS (December 10, 1934 – May 15, 2016)
CARMEN JAYCO DEONA AVECILLA (July 16, 1939 – September 5, 2016)
carmenavecillaOn September 5, 2016, we were saddened by the passing of Carmen Jayco Deona Avecilla, a respected and well loved leader of the Filipino American Association of Portland & Vicinity (FAAPV). Carmen is known for her benevolence to the less fortunate and for her outreach to newcomers in the com-
munity. As a valuable member, she reminded everyone in her telephone list of all events happening in the FAAPV.
LYDIA RAMIREZ LALIC (February 17, 1946 – January 12, 2021)
BELLA LUISTRO PIZARRO (June 22, 1939 – August 12, 2020) 

photo_20200814_OR0020571_0_20200814Beloved wife, mother and grandmother

Bella Luistro Pizarro, a resident of Gresham, Oregon, died on August 12, 2020 in Clackamas. She was 81 years of age.

The daughter of Porfirio and Esperanza (Ortin) Luistro, Bella was born on June 22, 1939 and raised in Masinloc, Zambales, Philippines. She attended and trained to play classical piano at the Holy Spirit Conservatory of Music in Manila. At 17, Bella was crowned Miss Zambales and represented her province in a meeting with the then Philippine president, Ramon Magsaysay.

Bella married Dr. Renato Pizarro on September 25, 1960 in Manila, Philippines. They were married for 49 years. She lost her husband ten years ago, four months before their 50th wedding anniversary. They are survived by their three children, Charisse (husband Bob) Osilla and granddaughter, Jade Osilla of Portland, sons, Jet (wife Ireen) Pizarro of Portland and Eric Pizarro of Santa Clara, CA, and her brothers, Tony Luistro of Henderson, NV, and Jing Luistro of Irvine, CA. Her parents preceded her in death.

Bella’s family and friends describe her as strong, sweet, loyal, determined and generous. Her beautiful smile and grace lit up the whole room. Taking care of her family was her main focus. She enjoyed cooking, entertaining guests and playing mahjong and slot machines, but her passion was volunteering in her church and community in the Philippines and the US. In the Philippines, Bella and her husband were active in church and community activities. They helped build churches in villages and developed mobile clinics targeting the underserved people. In the US, she was a lifetime member of the Filipino American Association of Portland and an active member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Gresham, OR.

A funeral mass was held on Friday, August 21 at 11:00 am at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Gresham. Visitation was on Thursday, August 20 from 1 pm-5:30 pm, followed by a Rosary at 6 pm at the Bateman Carroll Funeral Home.

ELIZABETH RAMIREZ PALOMO (July 26, 1953 – December 9, 2017)


Beth’s family held the 9-day vigil with a rosary at 7 p.m. led by best friend Mary Kay Moore at 3250 NE 130th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. Grieving friends and relatives packed St Andrew Catholic Church at the funeral mass on December 17. Recitation of the Rosary at 3 p.m. was held at Zeller Chapel of the Roses and internment followed at Mt Calvary Catholic Cemetery where her body was laid to rest by her late husband’s grave.

Born July 26, 1953 in Sto Tomas, La Union, Beth’s interest in math led her to a degree in Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Accounting from the Holy Angel University. In high school, she enjoyed her sewing class.

On December 3, 1977, Beth came to Portland and worked briefly with JC Penny. She transferred to Providence in 1979 and was working in patient accounting at the time of her death.

For two years, she served as treasurer of FANHS Oregon and attended the FANHS conference in New York on June 22-25, 2016. Working closely with sister Lydia, Beth was a dedicated member of the Aguman Capampangan since its inception.

Widowed with three daughters, Beth devoted her life to her children and mother and was fondly known for her famous kari-kari and other sumptuous Filipino dishes she untiringly prepared. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and playing mahjong and cards.

Beth wanted to be remembered as a caring, friendly and nice person who lived a simple life and who loved her grandchildren dearly.

Survived by her mother “Adang” and aunt Isabel; three daughters Jane, Haydee and Rose; six grandchildren AJ, Bo, Soli, Ava, Yohanas and Ari; eight siblings Lydia, Paul, Danny, Dixie, Alex, Joe, Crisa and Andy and their families. She was pre-deceased by husband Robert and father Paul Sr.



NORMA UMALI ROXAS (December 10, 1934 – May 15, 2016)
An alumna of the Philippine Union College Academy (now Adventist University of the Philippines Academy) and finished her Nursing degree at the Bangkok Sanitarium & Hospital in Thailand.  Survived by her husband, Ephraim, children (Mario Emil & Paola), grandson (Emilio Andre, Jonathan Vincent & Ellen), granddaughters (Gwyn Maria, Tabitha Eva, & Mae Emilia), siblings (Dr. Filemon & Nancy Umali & Dr. Jose & Lucila Umali), and sister-in-law (Belle Umali).
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