Lolita Ouano

Lolita Ouano (Buhay)

Sunday, January 4th, 1942 - Thursday, November 5th, 2020
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January 4, 1942 - November 5, 2020

Our beloved mother, Lolita Buhay Ouano, passed away surrounded by her family in the early evening of November 5, 2020. We are heartbroken without her.

Our mother moved from her home in the province of Cebu in the Philippines to immigrate to Canada in 1973. She left behind everything and everyone she knew in search of a better life for her young family. If it wasn’t for her and our dad’s sacrifice, we would never have received the opportunities that shaped who we are today. Our mom and dad, Ernesto Ouano, had been married for 57 years.

Everything our mother did was for the benefit of her family and loved ones. A devout Catholic, she was the definition of selflessness, devotion, and generosity. Most of all, she had an unending capacity to love. She did so much for us, tirelessly and without complaint, while working long hours, raising four kids, and managing the entire household. She taught us to work hard, to be kind, to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, and to love fiercely. We were so fortunate to have such an incredible woman as our mother.

We shared our mother with many others who considered her a second mom, a second lola, or a favourite aunt. Our mom will always be known as Tita Lita to multiple generations of cousins, second cousins, kids young and old who aren’t even related to us. She adored babies and children, and she happily made herself available to help new parents and to give her support whenever someone needed it.

Our mother’s maiden name is Buhay, which means life in our language. She certainly lived up to her name, squeezing every moment she could to embrace life to the fullest. She was fearless; she loved going on adventures and travelling. She was curious about everything, especially how other people lived their lives and how they cooked their food. She never stopped asking questions and finding beauty in all things. She made friends easily wherever she went.

Her heart though was rooted in her homeland, especially Cebu. She was our connection to our culture and she remembered every name, every detail about her young life there, no matter how much time had passed. We loved hearing her stories about climbing coconut trees and how she met our dad. But she told her stories best through her cooking. Her food told us everything we needed to know about where we came from. And anyone who’s ever eaten our mom’s cooking can attest to the love she poured into every tasty morsel. She was renowned in our family for her culinary skills, and she made sure everyone had plenty to eat before she would sit down to eat herself. During her last days, she taught her caregiver how to cook our favorite meals so that she could rest knowing we were fed well.

We will miss dearly our mom’s sparkly eyes and impish grin. Her contagious laughter. Her warmth and happiness that would fill a room. The way she would tilt her head and listen intently to what we had to say. We will miss everything about our mom. And every time we eat chicken adobo or pancit or biko or binignit or any number of other dishes she made, we will remember our mom’s version of it and miss her even more.

You will live on, Lolita Buhay Ouano, in all of our hearts.

Jenny, Sandy, Freddy, Roddy

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Thank you for being a part of our mother’s life. She loved all of you very much.
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  • Novena Service & Funeral Mass

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 10:30am
    St. Michael Catholic Community
    800-85th Street SW
    Calgary, Alberta T3H 4C7
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Gwen Raymundo

Posted at 11:57pm
This photo was taken in July of 2019. It was the last photo taken with you, Tita Lita. This was the night we went to the Grandstand show at the Stampede and you wanted to party, eat Chinese food after the show, and we stayed up later than I ever did in my twenties. It was also the night that you randomly asked me if I would one day sing at your funeral. I didn’t know that day would would be yesterday 😞

Tita, thank you for filling our family with love, joy, laughter and food. Thank you for making your famous potato salad for my Staff BBQs. And thank you for the special honor of singing for you yesterday. Even though Covid rules only allowed for one song, my heart is full knowing that our last convo was finalizing all of your favourite songs and hearing you say “I love you”. I love you too, Tita Lita. We all do.

Michael Angulo

Posted at 10:29am
There are simply not enough superlatives to describe what Tita Lita meant to us. She was the glue that kept our extended families together. She was beloved by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. Tita Lita was gifted at connecting with people. She made your passion hers, and made it her genuine interest. My fond memories include her delicious meals, comparing gardening notes with my dad, her learning the recipe for Korean noodles from Sue, talking about U.S. politics with me, and her embracing Sophie and Chloe when we visited Vancouver. Tita Lita beamed with pride over her family. Jenny, Sandy and Steven, Rod, Fred, Spencer... you filled her with tremendous joy. Tito Ernie and Tita Lita were inseparable (because Tito Ernie is a very smart man;-), and they cared for one another so very much. Her enthusiasm and optimism were infectious. Tita Lita lived life with tremendous passion and zeal… experiencing near heat exhaustion on at least two occasions during visits to NJ because she wanted to celebrate, dance, walk on the beach, and enjoy time with family… despite the sweltering summer heat. She gave so much of herself to others. She brought happiness, laughter and nostalgia to my mom every time they spoke even when Tita Lita was not feeling well. We will miss her deeply, but she will always be in our hearts.
Michael, Susan, Sophie & Chloe

Deacon Richard Nibogie

Posted at 09:32pm
Glory be to Jesus Christ!

Dear Ernie & Family,

May the grace and peace of God our Father, Who raised Jesus from the dead, be always with you.

Merciful Father, Your wisdom is beyond our understanding. You adopted Lolita as Your own and received her to Yourself. Listen to our prayers and extend us Your grace, that one day we will share eternal life with her for we firmly believe that she now rests with You.
Lolita has done her best in the race. She has run the full distance. She has kept the faith. And now there is waiting for her the prize of victory awarded for a righteous life, the prize which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give her.
Well done, good and faithful servant. Welcome in.
May the love of God, the Father, the peace of Jesus Christ, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit bless you and console you, and gently wipe away every tear from your eyes.
Grant that as we grieve for Lolita, we may hold her memory dear to us, and that we may live in hope of the eternal Kingdom where You will bring us together again.
May she rest in peace.

Thank you for allowing us to be present with you, via the internet, during this beautiful and meaningful Liturgy.

Your Brother and Sister in Christ,
Deacon Richard and Trudy Nibogie
Merciful Father


Posted at 02:27pm
Dearest Tito Ernie, Jenny, Sandy, Rod, Fred, and Spencer.
We were really saddened to hear about the passing of Tita Lita. We share your grief and sorrow, but also share in the lovely memories we had of Tita Lita and will all of you. We will always be grateful for that. We were richly BLESSED to have had Tita Lita as a part of our lives. Thank you and God Bless. With much love and prayers. Neil, Joy, Dominic and Benjamin

Darryl Ouano

Posted at 02:13pm
I'm so tremendously heartbroken over the loss of my dearest Tita Lita. No one loved life, and lived more passionately than her. She was so loving and caring, and she touched each and every one of our lives, and we're all so blessed for that. We were each other's teammates in this battle with cancer, and I know she's looking out for me. My most heartfelt condolences. I miss her. Love you all.

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