The news of Antoinette Mendiola “Mama” San Agustin’s departure to heaven left our hearts weary. Mama was, for everyone who had the honor of knowing her, an extraordinary woman known for taking great care of those who couldn’t care for themselves. Her calming presence, her tender hugs and pecks on the cheek, and her gentle laugh could turn any bad day into a good one.
Mama loved to cook for her family and friends, and she made the world’s best pancit. She introduced the Chamorro culture to her friends and shared her special traditions.
Her servant heart complimented her fun-loving spirit. Mama was quick to make a joke or play a prank, just to get a giggle and a laugh!
In every aspect of the word, Mama was a genuine, honest hard-worker. In the years she was a caregiver at an assisted living community, she enriched the lives of the residents she cared for by making sure that their needs were met, even if it meant she had to stay and work overtime. No matter how tired she was, Mama would stay until the job was done.
In her finest role, she was an amazing mother to her sons and daughters. She created magical memories and raised strong, courageous, and hard-working children who reflect all of the wonderful values she had practiced. Her exemplary life inspires us all to love deeply, serve others and live fully. Mama will be missed greatly by her family and friends.
Antoinette Mendiola “Mama” San Agustin passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019 at home in Spokane Valley, Washington. She was born to Jose San Agustin San Agustin and Catalina Mafnas Mendiola on November 5, 1958 in Agaña, Guam. Antoinette is survived by her sons, Joey (Janet) Garrido of Chalan Pago, Guam and Steven (Colleen Garrido) of Korea; daughters, Stephanie (Napoleon) Parker of Lacey, Washington and Jessica (Joe) Kiger of Coer d’Alene, Idaho; reared daughter Michelle Cruz; sister, Ruby Cabanayan of Guam; 15 grandchildren; one great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Catalina San Agustin; and brothers, Gregory San Agustin, Vicente San Agustin, and Jose San Agustin.
You are invited to share memories of Antoinette in her guestbook.