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Maria Ocbo Lagera

May 29, 1924 - August 16, 2014
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In the song of life, Maria Ocbo Lagera was surely the composer. A very observant woman who would rather spend her time creating than talking, Maria preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around her made sense. In fact, she depended on her sensory world to provide her with concrete data. A free spirit, Maria believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. She seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything she did. Maria perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to her, yet she lived with a definite sense of purpose. She was a woman who was always ready to share her creations with those around her. Maria was born on May 29, 1924 at home in The Philippines. Her parents were Julian and Gregoria. Maria was raised in Pangasinan, Philippines. As a young child, Maria was optimistic in her outlook. She sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply her creative energies. Maria rarely calling attention to herself, but when she did speak out, her message was clearly understood by those around her. Early on in her family relationships, Maria showed that she was a tolerant and flexible person, and she got along fairly well with everyone. She was raised with seven children. She had four sisters, Rosa, Narcisa, Leonila, and Milagros, and three brothers Arcadio, Ricardo, and Rodrigo. She was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation. Early on in her school...
In the song of life, Maria Ocbo Lagera was surely the composer. A very observant woman who would rather spend her time creating than talking, Maria preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around her made sense. In fact, she depended on her sensory world to provide her with concrete data. A free spirit, Maria believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. She seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything she did. Maria perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to her, yet she lived with a definite sense of purpose. She was a woman who was always ready to share her creations with those around her.
Maria was born on May 29, 1924 at home in The Philippines. Her parents were Julian and Gregoria. Maria was raised in Pangasinan, Philippines. As a young child, Maria was optimistic in her outlook. She sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply her creative energies. Maria rarely calling attention to herself, but when she did speak out, her message was clearly understood by those around her.
Early on in her family relationships, Maria showed that she was a tolerant and flexible person, and she got along fairly well with everyone. She was raised with seven children. She had four sisters, Rosa, Narcisa, Leonila, and Milagros, and three brothers Arcadio, Ricardo, and Rodrigo. She was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.
Early on in her school years, Maria showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. Her passion for fine arts was so keen that fellow students and even her teachers recognized it. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.
A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Maria had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned.
Maria was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to her children. These emotional bonds made her as much playmate as parent. She gave her family unconditional love and kindness, sharing her artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Maria was blessed with three children, two daughters, Brenda and Alice, and one son, Rudy. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, Arlo, April, and Christian.
Maria found ways to enjoy what she did for a living. She worked hard and did her best to succeed every day. Her primary occupation was a Professional Seamstress. She was employed for 14 years by Irene's Design. Maria tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing her will on others.
Maria enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were crocheting and sewing, ballroom dancing, and watching Soap Opera's on TV. Maria was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others. She was relaxed in her approach to her leisure time because she wanted to savor the present moment.
Maria’s faith was important to her. During that time, she was a part of the Catholic Charismatic Group. Maria's passionate commitment to upholding her values placed her at home in her religion, where she took comfort in the company of others who believed as she did.
Because she loved the world around her, Maria enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for her to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Maria put her personal trademark on any leisure planning that she undertook. Her favorite vacations included Florida, California, Switzerland, and other European countries.
Maria was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Maria’s favorites was her cat, Zoro. They were best friends for 10 years. Her family was rounded out by Snow White, Ebony, and Ivory.
When Maria’s retirement finally arrived in 1995, she was well prepared. Her new life involved relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1999. Even in retirement, Maria continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. In these later chapters of her life, she became active in the community, feeling fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her and simply enjoying what she had worked so hard to attain.
Maria passed away on August 16, 2014 at Heights of Summerlin. She is survived by her children, Brenda and Arthur, Rudy and Lita, and Alice; her grandchildren, Arlo and Annie, April and Aaron, and Christian; her great grandchildren, Chase, Sophia, Nathan, Olivia, and Jayden.
Maria was a good woman, a kind woman, and a practical woman who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. She leaves behind her a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Maria always had much to give and was able to make those connections in her life where her gifts were appreciated. Maria was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Maria Ocbo Lagera.

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