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Obituary: Paulino, Estella D.

PAULINO, Estella D. (Age 86) Born January 12, 1927 in Agana, Guam; passed away April 21, 2013 in Spokane. She is survived by her son, George D. Paulino of Spokane; daughters: Annella (Michael) Bauer, Barbara (Stephen) Baggett, Laurina (Robert) King, Theresa (Harold) Paulino, all of Spokane; brother: Ricardo C. Duenas; sister: Isabel D. Mendiola; grandchildren: Michael (Janet), Rhianna, Rachella, Rachael, Jorge Ryan, and Jordan; great-grandchildren: Analiese, Tiona, Dartanyan, Anjali, Ava, Tyron, and Ajalayah. She was preceded in death by her husband: Bernabe V.R. Paulino; her parents: Jose C. and Concepcion C. Duenas: brothers; Jesus, Jose, Eduardo, Alfredo, Cristobal; sisters: Carmen, Maria, Eliza; daughter: Lisa D. Paulino; son: Joseph D. Paulino; daughter-in-law: Antoinette L. Flores. When the Japanese invaded Guam, the family moved from Agana to the family farm in Barrigada during the occupation until the liberation of the island by American forces. Then the family resettled in Agana. Following the liberation of Guam she resumed her education, graduating from George Washington High School. She left the island to further pursue her education in nursing at Saint Luke’s School of Nursing in Aberdeen, South Dakota and upon completion she obtained her certification as a registered nurse. She returned to Guam where she met and married Bernabe V.R. Paulino, her husband of 50 years. Together they raised 6 children, 2 nephews, and a niece in their home in Perezville Tamuning. She later worked for Guam Memorial Hospital and from there worked for a private medical clinic. Eventually, she worked as a school nurse/health counselor at John F. Kennedy High School in Tamuning, where she was commonly known as “mom”. Estella retired in 1987 and later that year she came to Spokane to rejoin her children who were attending school and to avail herself of specialized health care. She enjoyed holidays, family gatherings, traveling, attending church functions, solving puzzles, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. All friends and family who knew her, experienced her unconditional generosity and kindness that touched many lives. Her family will greatly miss her. Visitation is at Hennessey’s on Wednesday, May 1st from noon until 5:00 PM, followed by the Vigil at Hennessey’s on May 1st at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass is Thursday, May 2nd at 11:00 AM at Assumption of the BVM, 3624 W Indian Trail Rd, followed by entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery.