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Lourdes Quiachon Dawag, 86, died Dec. 1, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
She was born Jan. 1, 1921, in the Philippines. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.
She moved to Alaska in August 1974.
Her family wrote: "With an independent nature and a sharp wit, she had been the mainstay of the Dawag family. Lourdes Quiachon Dawag was a natural leader, provider and teacher in Ormoc City, Philippines. She was a retired teacher for the Ormoc Central School District before immigrating to the United States in 1974. Lourdes continued to teach and help individuals to reach their full potential. She participated in multiple volunteer programs. For instance, she was a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Program, Anchorage Senior Center, and a member of the Providence Auxiliary Volunteer Program. Lourdes also contributed in another capacity. She was an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary, an assistant director of the Children's Orphanage and Nourishment Center in the Philippines, a member of the Mother Butler's Mission Guild, and contributed to St. Anthony Parish, providing hospitality ministry. She also raised a unique family: her two children, Eduardo and Emerita, and grandchildren, Marlowe, Marion, Lesley, Timothy, Brent and Kyle. We thank and cherish her. She worked at the Municipality of Anchorage Treasury Department, retiring in 1981.
"Her love and devotion to the Blessed Mother Mary is expressed in her untiring commitment to propagate the devotion of the Blessed Mother and the rosary by bringing Our Land of Fatima statue to the homes of those interested families who host the statue and recite the rosary every day for a week. Her devoted and committed Our Lady of Fatima group is still carrying on the devotion that she and her two friends, Pat and Maggie, started 30 years ago in Anchorage.
"Lourdes also spent her free time sewing and enjoyed watching her favorite TV soap operas. She loved to travel and had seen much of the world. She participated in pilgrimages to the Holy Land and Ireland, and Passion tours in Oberammergau, Germany, and throughout Europe.
"Before her illness her daily routime was going to church and exercising by walking laps at the mall with friends."
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Eduardo and Fe Dawag of Anchorage; daughter, Emerita Dawag of Anchorage; granddaughters and spouses, Marion Dawag of Anchorage, Lesley Dawag of Connecticut, and Marlowe and Joseph Laubach of Seattle; grandsons, Timothy Dawag of New Jersey, Brent Schwab of Anchorage and Kyle Schwab of Washington; friends, Kristin Jascinkiewicz and Jenn Laube; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Alisha Blackmon; sister, Visitation Bautista of Virginia; nieces, Myrna Velasco and Zenaida Jumento of New Jersey; and Nimfa Patindol of New York; nephew, Dr. Ernesto Quiachon of Michigan; cousin, Ella Hoelscher of Washington; and many more relatives residing in Virginia, Washington, California and the Philippines.
Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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