Thursday, April 27, 2017

With Love, About Mom

Veronica Ag-a Guileten Bayang arrived to her eternal home with the Lord on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. She began her life on January 3, 1938 in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines, the second of eight children.

Veronica obtained her RN degree at St. Luke's School of Nursing in Quezon City, Philippines in 1961, and her BSN degree at the University of New Mexico.

She spent forty-four years of her nursing career working in several hospitals: St. Luke's Hospital in Quezon City, Philippines, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, French Hospital in New York City, Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, the U.S. Public Health Service in the Dakotas, the Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico, and Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital in Gallup. Thirty years of her career were spent working as a federal employee with the USPHS. Promoted to Operating Room Supervisor, then Infection Control Practitioner, Veronica earned many awards, being widely recognized for both her clinical skills and for setting high standards in patient care and infection control, as well as for her managerial skills.

On June 10, 1965, Veronica married Martin Eugenio Bayang in Topsfield, Massachusetts, and together they loved and raised 5 children. 

Veronica worked hard, by diligently serving her Lord through All Saints' Episcopal Church, by being a great mother to the children and by working to help support their family.

 She was known throughout her life for her kind and caring nature, her eager smile and her love of laughter. She was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and loved Jesus with all of her heart and her life. 

She was well known for preparing amazing traditional Filipino feasts and baking her delicious banana bread. She loved reading cookbooks and trying out new recipes. 

She enjoyed traveling, quilting, crocheting, knitting and most of all, spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Veronica is survived by her husband Martin of 52 years; son Martin Knox and daughter-in-law Kyla Michelle and their children (Martin Kyle and Victoria Lynn) of Tomball, Texas; daughter Beverly Jean and son-in-law Paul Bert Huff and their children (Leah Elizabeth, Emma Maree, and Jacob Paul) of Merritt Island, Florida; son Charles Kim of Carrboro, North Carolina; daughter Rebecca Lynn of Bailey, Colorado, and daughter Josephine Faith and son-in-law Peter Elias Kubista and their children (Elias Alexander and Adam James) of Westminster, Colorado; four brothers, Edward, Alfredo, Pedro Jr and Joseph Guitelen, in the Philippines; and sister Elizabeth Arcinue of San Diego, California, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Pedro and Petra Aga Guitelen, son Ben, and two brothers, Peter and Benedict Guitelen.

A memorial service will be held at St. David's by The Sea Episcopal Church, 600 4th Street South, Cocoa Beach, Florida, on Saturday, June 3rd at 3:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to All Saints' Episcopal Church, P.0. Box 157, Grants, New Mexico 87020.

We love you Mom.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Goodbye for now, Sweet Mom

It is with heavy heart that I report that my Mom-in-love, Veronica Aga Guitelen Bayang, departed this life to spend eternity with our Lord on Good Friday, April 14, 2017.  She was such a sweet, kind, gentle soul.  She loved Jesus and her family more than any thing.  She was a true portrait of caring, serving and love.  We love you, Mom.  Until we joyfully see one another again.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This past weekend, we visited a few antique shops in Fredricksburg and Llano, Texas.  I always look at the old photographs for sale, and imagine that there are families somewhere who would LOVE to have these precious photos.  I also try to imagine the stories that go with them, and what life was like for the photo subjects.  If they are inexpensive enough, I purchase them, with the intent of posting. I may post and send them off to, in hopes of reuniting them with their families.

Here is this week's purchase.  The front reads, "Sad Sacks" and "1st Platoon".  The back is a list of last names.  

If you recognize any of these guys and would like to have this photo, contact me or comment below.  The names are: Saindon, Carruthers, Allen, Brown, Taylor, Staley, Peck, Assael, Staska, Cubberly, Brandehoff, Hesselton, Conze, Whitaker, Schmitt, Kelly, Shephard, Federel, Argenko, Holmes, Clark, Culbertson, Anglin, Begley.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

For Sunday ScanDay, I am working on scanning my Great Grandmother Ella Jane Rinker Crabill Goodwin's diary starting May 23, 1900 in Dolores, Colorado. Her penmanship is so gorgeous and flowery its almost calligraphy. She calls my grandmother "Babe" and her husband GHG (his initials). I'm forever grateful to those who cherished and passed along this priceless heirloom.  This is the first page: