Fannie Jimenez Diaz
Jun 4, 1933 - Nov 27, 2016
“Peace, love, and understanding.” These are the words that Fannie Jimenez Diaz did her best to live by and wrote them down repeatedly as an ever-steady reminder. If you asked any member of Fannie’s family about what she meant to them, they would tell you that she was the glue that held every one of them together.
Fannie passed away on November 27, 2016 at the age of 83. For 61 years she was married to her husband Reolandi Diaz and is now reunited with him in heaven. She is survived by her sister Amelia Ordoñez; her seven children, Merwin, Mollet, Ardent, Jae, Rez, Peng, and Friz; her twelve grandchildren, Mohana, Deryll, Ian, Jereen, Alex, Gabriel, Lean, Sherina, Isay, Daniel, Tori, and Ione; and her two great-grandchildren Caleb and Isabel.
Fannie was born and raised in Dagupan City, Philippines as the daughter of Gerardo Yutuc Jimenez and Josefa Meneses Jimenez. She was a beloved teacher who found joy in writing poetry, singing Filipino ballads (like Dahil Sa Iyo), and dancing the waltz. She even passed her appetite for music down to her children, whom she raised in Mexico, Pampanga. Providing boundless support and guidance, Fannie worked tirelessly to ensure that all seven of them were able to graduate college and prosper in the professional world. Telling her children the incredible stories about how she survived through World War II was just one of the ways she taught them about strength.
In 1984, Fannie immigrated to the United States and her family followed soon afterwards settling in Virginia. Years later, she and Reolandi made a new life in Roseville, California with Merwin and Friz. But even though her family was split between two different coasts, Fannie made sure to stay involved with all of her children’s lives, calling them regularly and lending a listening ear. She never missed a birthday. Still, Fannie tried to get the whole family together as much as she could, and when she did the sound of their combined laughing and shouting and barking (from their dogs Crash and Rocky) was uproarious. Her grandchildren especially loved scarfing down her delicious Filipino cooking and huddling on the couch together to watch her favorite daytime soap operas. And even after her grandchildren returned home, Fannie would send them handwritten letters filled with compassion and encouragement.
Fannie has left her loving imprint on every single member of her family, and for that she will always be remembered.
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