Bernardita Jimenez
(1919 - 2005)

Bernardita Jimenez

August 19, 1919

April 3, 2005

Bernardita Nakila Yap Quintana Jiminez was born on August 19, 1919 in Mindanao, Philippines and arrived in America in 1950. Beloved wife of Ramon F. Jimenez and the late Lope Yap and Buddy Quintana, loving mother of Bob (Crescencia) Yap, Liz (Rudy) Joves, Bernadette (William) Padilla, Lope Jr. (Vera) Yap and Dianne (Ron) Roth, dear grandmother of Brigitte, Daniel, Rhonda, Brian, Steve, Stephanie, Billie, Brandon, Aaron, Christopher, Christina, Kimberly and Athena, great-grandmother of Lianna, Clarissa, Willie, Ray, Jaime, Elijah, Tyrin, Jada, Nathaniel and Kara, and the loving daughter of the late Diana and Crispolo Nakila, Bernardita was a long time resident of San Francisco and was very active in church activities at St. Cecilia and St. Patrick Catholic Churches. She was also a member of Ladies and Knights of Rizal, Santo Niño de Cebu and the Cabadbaran Club.
Bernardita passed away peacefully on April 3, 2005.

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iLasting Staff
November 25th, 2008
Mom had such an important role in the Roth family. My children loved it when Grandma was here because she would make "grandma food" that was always good, the house would smell so yummy and she was always willing to cook whatever we wanted. I never had to ask twice; Mom was here whenever we needed her or whenever she just wanted to have a noisy atmosphere. She was so generous. Sometimes she would come over and bring little things, like bananas, bread, cookies, or even some of her leftovers. She didn't like coming over empty handed.
Though it's been three years since Mom has passed, I can still hear her voice as she is calling the kids, or her singing messages that she would leave on the recorder, or even the sound of her(sometimes off key) singing to current songs, church music, etc. Mom would sit and play games with Christopher, Chrissy and Kimi and I sometimes wondered who the real kid was. She would sit on the floor with them and have the best time. When Mom was still driving, there was never a time when she didn't honk her Escort's horn when she arrived and when she was leaving, always smiling as she waved to us.
Though I took homemaking in school, it was really Mom who taught me how to sew and to keep house. She was so skilled in quilt making and seamstress work that it was easy for me to pick up on her talent.
Mommy had so many friends. I envied the fact that all her life she still kept in touch with friends that she knew in grade school way back in the Philippines. She loved to socialize and dance and sing and travel but, most importantly, her catholic faith was very strong. I'm sure she was disappointed that her youngest child didn't follow this.
In January 2005, after months of watching mom decline in health, I remember saying that Mom wasn't going to make it to the summer. Though her mind was so very clear to the end, it was her poor body that was failing her. And she knew it, but didn't let that stop her. She still tried her best as she was brought week after week for blood transfusions, doctor visits, etc. Even when she was tired, she would get up and walk a little bit, try and eat, and sit in the sun to get warm, but she was never too tired to stop scolding Ramon for something that he was or wasn't doing. She never lost her spunk! I will always remember Mom for her smile (she loved to take pictures) and her love for her family. I really wish she was still here.
Dianne Roth (daughter)
September 16th, 2008
In 1950, Mom and Dad decided to emigrate from the Philippine Islands to SF. Natoma Street was our first dwelling then we moved to South Park. Even with Dad only working, they saved and bought their first home on Downey Street in the Haight Ashbury district. Mom and Dad taught us to be independent, responsible and adventurous. We learned the bus and the streetcar system. Being picked up or driven to school was not an option, probably because we only had one car and Dad drove it to his work on Baker Street. He was a very good and strict father, a chef (a trade he learned as a sailor), and an unselfish provider for his five children. Every night, Dad would always liberate me because Mom, Bobby and Liz would force me to stay at the table until I ate my vegetables. This continued until I was a teenager.

We were always on the go – Mom and Dad took us camping almost every weekend (a lot to the Russian River and Lake Tahoe). They loved baseball and were both avid swimmers. Mom and Dad would rescue me numerous times from drowning – the old sink or swim adage. We would drive to Disneyland and visit Auntie/Uncle in Long Beach or vacation in Yosemite. At the campsite, I was fascinated when Mom reminisced with her friends about survival in the jungle during the War.

Mom and Dad were proud and active members of quite a few Filipino organizations, i.e., Santo Nino De Cebu, USA Inc., Cabadbaran and Bohol Clubs. They participated in Filipino Folk dancing and also loved to swing/cha cha/waltz until their legs would cramp. Reading/writing/speaking fluent Tagalog and Visayan were of no dilemma to them.

Mom was full of energy, generous, religious, compassionate, charismatic, and a society child. She learned to drive and worked part-time. I’ll always remember her big grin as she proudly displayed her hard-earned possessions: pots/pans, fine china and silverware.

Even with limited resources, they sent us to private Catholic schools and college, and still managed to send money home (Cebu) to relatives, saved more and had the forethought to pay for their own funeral expenses. That to me was so amazing.

Mom was an entrepreneur. She sacrificed a lot of herself. They owned a rest home business for several years with little help from Dad because he too was getting very old like the elderly they were caring for.

Mom loved to travel back to Cebu, to Europe and the Holy Land. Mom was devoted to her family and very pivotal in the upbringing of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

We moved quite a bit in San Francisco (that is why we know the City quite well) then to Sunnyvale.

An episode I will never forget – out of nowhere, Mom and Dad sold our house in the Richmond district. They decided to permanently return to the Philippine Islands so we were inoculated for prevention of all types of disease. I still feel the pain and stiffening in my arms. I never knew what made them change their mind again so they bought another house in the Avenues.

At the end Mom would wait patiently for a phone call or a visit from her children, grandchildren and friends – she never wanted to be lonesome.
Bernadette Padilla (Daughter)
September 16th, 2008
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"Mom,I'm always thinking of you and miss you dearly. I'd love to give you one more hug and kiss and wish you were here to see how your grandchildren have grown and become wonderful adults. Please give Daddy and Olympia a hug and a kiss from us."
Dee Roth
September 16th, 2008
"I miss you Grandma!!!"
Kimi Roth
September 16th, 2008


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