Salome C. “Oming” Garces
Salome C. “
Oming” Garces passed peacefully in the presence of her immediate family on Oahu on Sept. 4. She now joins her beloved husband, Mariano F. Garces, who passed in 1991.
She was born in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur in the Philippines in 1936. She resided in Maunaloa town (from ’68) and in Kaunakakai (from ’79 to current). She is survived by her sons Marlon (Elizabeth), Mario and Marino (Bernette) and grandchildren, Celina, Joshua, Marlyssa, Jaylyn, Michael and Marcus. She is also survived by her brother Gerardo (Emma) Dela Cuadra, sisters Iniana Cabanting, Guadalupe Javier, Bibiana Taasan, Dionisia Dela Cuadra and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was affectionately known as “Aunty Oming” to students that learned Filipino folk dances from her and through her involvement with various community events and family celebrations. She was an active member of the Kaunakakai Filipino Association and the Blessed Damien Catholic Parish. She was a retired housekeeper and seamstress at the former Sheraton Hotel at Kaluakoi. Also, she worked as a laborer for the Dole Pineapple Company in Maunaloa town before working for the Sheraton Hotel at Kaluakoi.
As one of her last wishes, she sends her love and Mabuhay to all her friends and family on Molokai including former residents from the Maunaloa community and she thanks all of them for their love and support throughout her living years.
Her services will be held at the Mililani Memorial Mortuary Mauka chapel in the evening on Thursday, Oct. 6, and her funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waipahu. Her burial will follow at the Mililani Memorial Park.