Maria Ambegia De Leon

Jun 1, 1943 – Jan 13, 2019

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MARIA AMBEGIA DE LEON, age 75, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Auburn, Washington. Maria was born June 1, 1943 in Malasiqui, Pangasinan Philippines to Ambrosio and Rufina Ambegia. She married Marcelino de Leon on January 27, 1974, and raised one daughter, Junnette de Leon-Aboy. She was a graduate of Agno Valley College High School and received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Pangasinan State University, Philippines.

She spent many years teaching in various public schools, Biba Elementary School being the last before she retired. She spent her time taking care and watching over her grandkids before they left for the USA in 2013. She also joined various religious groups and organizations, such as the Divine Mercy, St. Joseph, Prayer Warriors, and the Malasiqui Senior Citizen Association, in which she took active participation in by being a member and an officer.

Zena, as she was fondly called, loved socializing with everyone, even with people whom she just met. She was the type of person that you could count on in times of trouble and would even get out of her way and sometimes even beyond her means just to be able to help those who are in need.

Maria first came to the USA as a tourist in October 2014 and June 2016, and finally as a resident on October 5th 2018. She was able to spend quality time with her family and friends and was also able to visit some of them in California, San Diego, Las Vegas, Oregon, Washington, and Canada. She fought hard and remained strong willed despite all the physical trials she’s been through, but finally came to rest to be with our Almighty Lord. The family extends their warmest thanks to ALL of those who cared for her in the Philippines and in the US. It is painful to accept that Maria left us unexpectedly, but also comforting to know that she is in a better place now with no pain and suffering.

Maria was survived by four brothers (Isidro, Cipriano, Ernesto & Joe), three sisters (Juanita, Erlinda & Elsa), her husband (Mar), her daughter and her son-in-law (Junnette and Franclind), three granddaughters (Audrey, Francine and Sam), two foster sons (Joel and Petros), and a number of fond nieces, nephews, other relatives, and close friends​.

Her remains will be viewed on February 4 from 2-5pm at Bonney-Watson Federal Way, WA. There will be a rosary prayer on February 5 at 10:30 AM followed by an 11:00 AM mass at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sumner,WA. The remains will be brought back to the funeral home for final viewing from 1pm-7pm before the cremation. 


Cathy, Alvin, Raphael and Angel Ambegia
Thornhill, ON
Feb 3, 2019

Dear Auntie Zena,

I remember all those times when you would make atsara and buro and you would always let Angel help out because you know how much she likes preparing and cooking stuff. I remember when you would always have something cooked for us everytime we come over to your house and you would always offer us something to eat. I remember how generous you were that you would always buy something from the vendors who go from house-to-house to sell fish, bread and more even if you had lots of food in your fridge.

We were all shocked to hear your passing, but we all know you’re in good hands now. We’re all so lucky to have the opportunity of knowing you and it’s so sad that you had to leave so soon. Even so, there’s no doubt that you will always stay in our memories and our hearts. May you rest in peace lola. We love you.


Cathy Ambegia

Alvin Carl Ambegia

Raphael Benedict Ambegia

Camille Angelica Ambegia

Villanueva Family
Richmond, BC
Jan 30, 2019

Our condolences to the family.

Zena, you will be greatly missed.

Liwayway Torres & Family
Daly City, CA
Jan 25, 2019

a a I don’t know where to begin my heart feel so heavy and I am so sad to know that you are gone we’re suppose to see you and mar at Linda s house in Stockton Carlos and I are so happy to see you on our surprise visit in auburn before Christmas and you and mar are so happy to see us too you ask me for my hand to help you get up and sit we had a good talk and we were joking and laughing and you said you are so glad to see us and before we left we give each other a big hug and a kiss I never thought that we are not going to see you again zena I am going to miss you so much you are not just a best friend you are like my sister we grow up together with Linda playing patentero on the street of Montemayor at night specially on full moon l will miss you so much sister all my prayers for you and your family and I love you and Rest In Peace

Petros Greg De Leon
Manila, ph
Jan 24, 2019

Mama Zena,

The hardest part for me right now is the fact that we won't see each other again. Ma saying "Thank you" is not enough for all the many things you've done for me, I'm grateful and blessed that you've been part of my life. You and papa Mar are one of the many reasons of what I am today. I'll never forget those amazing memories we had together, so thankful for all the times that you were there for me, especially on my worst and weakest days. Mama zena Balbaleg ya salamat for the love, guidance, care and support. Your memories will remain in us forever. I love you and I miss you mama.

May your soul rest in peace.

Paulyn Geslani
Malasiqui, Pangasinan
Jan 24, 2019

Dear nanay Zena,

Naaalala ko pa po nung mga bata pa kami nila Freud, Felo, at Jaja na lagi kaming nasa bahay ninyo at nanggugulo. Kalaro pa namin noon si Ayel at madalas niyo po kami pameryendahin. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa alaga ninyo at ni tatay Mar sa amin. Mamimiss po namin kayo nay. Sayang di po namin kayo nakita sa huling pagkakataon. Rest in peace po.

fritzie ser
Manila , ph
Jan 24, 2019

Nanay Maria, thank you for the frienship, & for your concern & sweet company. You greatly reminded me of my dearly missed lola. Glad to have known you. Rest peacefully now with The Creator. You will always be remembered as a friendly, smiling face. we love you & will miss you.

Sincere condolences to tatay, ms junnette & the rest of the family, relatives & friends.

Vicky Del Rosario Saavedra
Red Deer , Alberta
Jan 23, 2019

Dear Auntie Zena,

I was shocked by the sad news that you are gone. You were always been a family to us (Del Rosario's). Me and the rest of my family will never forget the beautiful memories we had of you in Malasiqui where we are neighbors. Thank you for being such a wonderful person to us...we will never forget you. May you find peace and love in our Lord Jesus will always remain in our hearts...may your soul rest in peace...

My sincere condolences to the rest of the family....

Luz velasc0
Chicago 60630, Il
Jan 23, 2019

Condolence to the whole family

lourdes navarro
Malasiqui,Philippines, PH
Jan 23, 2019

Dear Bae Zena,

First of all, thank you for everything, especially the love and care that you gave to me. The laughter, jokes and teachings, I will never ever forget. Your memories will be here forever in our hearts. I love you Bae, we love you so much.

Lourdes Navarro
Malasiqui, Pangasinan, Ph
Jan 23, 2019

Lourdes A. Navarro
Malasiqui, Pangasinan, PH
Jan 22, 2019

Joel D. De Leon
Paoay, Ilocos Norta, Ph
Jan 22, 2019

Dearest Mama Zena, its time to let you go physically, but you’re memories will remain in us forever. We will never forget you and words are not enough to describe all of what you have did to me from a little boy to a grown up man. I am not what i am today if its not because of your care and love. Thank you so much Mama, i owe a lot from you. I love you so much mama. You’ll dearly loved mama. Pray for us mama.

Fr : your foster son Joel

Francsico Aboy
Missouri City, TX
Jan 22, 2019

Our sincere condolences, we may be miles away but in our hearts you’ll be greatly missed Madam

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