The Filipino-American community here in Charlotte, North Carolina mourns the death of Dell Amor, the 2008 president of the Filipino American Community of the Carolinas (FACC). She was 63-years-old.
Amor died peacefully due to biliary cancer at their home surrounded by her husband and children last Monday, May 26. The disease took root in November last year.
Though it was whispered among friends that she got cancer, still her death came as a shock to many. She left behind husband Dr. Tony Amor, children Samantha and Michele, her 86-year-old mother, two sisters and two brothers.
It was Rogelio Lawsin, a close family friend, who posted first the news about the death at the FACC group page. Last Tuesday, Dr. Tony, the bereaved husband asked for prayers from friends on the FACC group page.
“Please continue to pray for Dell's eternal rest and for our grieving family. Join me in praise and gratitude to God for Dell's wonderful life with us. Meeting Dell and falling in love with her all those years ago was the best thing that ever happened to my life,” Dr. Tony’s post read. The FACC Facebook page is filled with prayers and messages to the family.
Even during the Leyte dance theater performance last Friday evening, incumbent FACC president Malette Aquino Oliveros asked for a few moments of silence for the eternal repose of Dell’s soul along with the other FACC members who died in her opening remarks.
It was learned that viewing and visitation was made last Thursday from 7 am to 9 pm at the Heritage Funeral home at Matthews. The day after the Mass, a Christian burial was held at the St. Gabriel Catholic Church at province Road.
Dell Amor, born Gudelia Diego, was married to Dr. Tony Amor. They are both alumnus of the University of Sto. Tomas and graduated the same year; he from medicine and she from nursing.
Dell was the Magna Cum laude of the College of Nursing class l973. Dr. Tony, who’s also active in the Fil-Am community and a member of the Pinoy Noir Band posted over at Facebook that “meeting Dell and falling in love with her all those years was the best thing that ever happened to my life.”
In 2008, Dell became the president of the FACC. Her FACC leadership was marked by Christmas cheer and generous gift giving to seniors, lucky families and a parol (lantern) contest and designing of the Philippine Christmas tableau.
Here’s a rundown of the reactions of Dell’s friends and co-workers in the Fil-Am community.
Rogelio Lawsin: “Prayers for a dear friend by all in the Filipino community both in Charlotte and all throughout the world. You will be sorely missed Dell but your memory and legacy of kindness and love will be remembered forever.”
Malette Oliveros:”Our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Tony Amor, Samantha, Jeremy and Michelle Amor and family for the loss of a wonderful wife, greatest mom and a best friend. ..Dell Amor. You will be missed by the entire FACC family. Dell...your leadership inspired us to continue to build a strong and unified Filipino- American community.”
Florami Lao Cordero: Lee Dell has been a wonderful person, vibrant and adventurous. She had a very strong personality but she’s a loving wife and mother. Always available if I need her advice and even in her sickness she was able to help my late brother and sister in law connect to someone while they were in Ohio for clinical research. She will be forever remembered.
Adelia Dell Fallar: Dell is a pillar in the Fil-American community.
Bert Rodriquez said he was shocked by Dell’s death and added that she would be surely be missed by the Fil-Am community .
Lynn Lorenzo-Polk was tearful when she learned the news. “I was on my way to Wake Forest when Florami Lee called and informed that Dell is gone. She was a very good person.”
To others whose lives she touched, Dell is a sister, a best friend, an adviser and an aunt to anyone here at Charlotte, North Carolina. She's simply the best nurse in town.
"Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine; et lux perpetua luciat ei. Requiescat in pace.” Farewell to a truly amazing woman.
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