joined the Lord in heaven on February 20, 2010. She passed away peacefully at home after a brave fight with neuroendocrine carcinoma. She was surrounded by her beloved family and close friends. She was born Maria Evita Luisa Tan Labro in Cebu City, Philippines to Jose and Leonila Labro. She was raised in Catbalogan, Samar, earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Far Eastern University in Manila, then was recruited to work for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ in 1980. She met her husband-to-be Teodoro Medina “Teddy” Saquilayan while she was a 3rd-year nursing student and married him on June 12, 1984. She gave birth to her daughter Yvette Joanne “Joni” Saquilayan on April 3, 1985 and to her son Theodore Joseph “TJ” Saquilayan on June 12, 1988. She worked as a Registered Nurse for St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Medical Intensive Care Unit for 28 years and the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit for her final 2 years. She was very active in the Phoenix-area Filipino/Asian community, where she served as the 2006-2008 President of the Philippine Nurses Association of Arizona and a Board Member for the Asian-Pacific Community in Action, among several other leadership positions. Some of her more memorable awards include the Outstanding Leadership Award by the Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc., the Acts of Caring Award by the Global Caring Nurses Foundation, Inc., and the 2008 Nurse of the Year in Community Service Award by the Philippine Nurses Association of Arizona. Above all, she was a selfless woman who always put family, friends, her patients, and even strangers before herself. She was genuine, honest, and full of integrity. She enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, especially just being with her family, whether that be trips to the movies or out of town on family vacations. She is preceded in death by her father, Jose, to whom she was very close to, along with her mother-in-law Eustaquia Saquilayan and father-in-law Jose Saquilayan. She is survived by her husband Teddy, daughter Joni, son TJ, mother Leonila, sisters Marilin Allena (Noli) and Irma Asuncion (Alwyn), brothers Edwin Labro (Lydia) and Joselito Labro, and several loved brothers/sisters-in-law and nephews/nieces. Visitation will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 25 and 26 from 6-9 pm at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, with a Rosary starting at 7pm. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Gregory Catholic Church at 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 27 at 3424 N. 18th Ave. Phoenix. Interment at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Per her request, please wear white to her funeral. All are welcome to come celebrate her life.
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