On Sunday, November 27, Lilia A Garcia, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and loving aunt and sister passed away at age eighty-four. She is a graduate with high honors and distinction as Salutatorian of St. Theresa’s College in Manila Philippines. After graduation she met Ray who became her loving husband and soulmate of 61 years. As a devout Catholic, Lilia loved to volunteer in service of others as a catechist, liturgical and eucharistic minister with Sacred Heart Church and was recognized by the community as a recipient of Exeter Woman’s Club award “Woman of the Year”.
As a symbol of her strength, Lilia left her homeland in search of a better life in Chicago May 1972 with 4 children in hand, another born 2 months later in July and another 2 years later. In summer of 1985, she moved to Exeter California which ultimately became her final resting place. She will be comforted in Heaven by her mother and brother, both former residents of Exeter, Theresa Amigleo (2015) and Emmanuel Amigleo (2021), respectively, and her son Baby Jose (1963). She is survived by her husband, Ray, her 6 children Victor (daughter-in-law Amy), Paul (daughter-in-law Julie), Jerome, Runel, Julius and Tereza, her 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, loving nieces and nephews as well as her younger brothers missionary priest Fr. Ernesto Amigleo in Indonesia and Jose Amigleo in Exeter.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday December 7, 4:00pm at Smith Family Chapel, 505 E. Pine St in Exeter and funeral services held on Thursday December 8, 12:00pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 417 N. E St. in Exeter. In lieu of giving flowers, the family asks that those who are able make a donation to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in her memory and/or MissionHurst CICM Indonesian Seminary.
There are two ways to donate to MissionHurst CICM:
1) Via telephone +1-703-528-3804. Indicate you would like to donate to “Indonesian Seminary on behalf of Lilia Amigleo Garcia”
2) Via online form – www.missionhurst.org/donation
NOTE: When completing your personal details, please be sure to select “Other” for “Where would you like your donation to go?” and type “CICM IND SEM on behalf of Lilia Amigleo Garcia”