July 28, 1964 ~ April 30, 2009
Theresa Camiling Gutierrez passed away on Thursday April 30, 2009 at USC University Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 44 years old. She was Born July 28, 1964 in San Fernando, Pampanga, in the Philippines. She is survived by her Father and mother Alejandro S. and Teresita Z. Camiling, and her Husband Frank and daughters Leanne and Lauren Gutierrez. Her brothers Ador and Alain Camiling and sister Leanne. As well as her HUD family which includes individuals from across the United States, each of whom she loved dearly.
Theresa was a proud member of the Trojan family having graduated from the University of Southern California in 1986. As a Trojan she was a also a proud participant of the Trojan Health Professional Preparation Program. At HUD her combination of grace, style, intelligence and professionalism allowed her to rise quickly to the position of Field Office Director of the Los Angeles office of HUD. She was commended and won many awards for her leadership, outreach and management skills from HUD but even more from local businesses, non profits, and community groups that serve the greater Los Angeles area and the country. She was a hero to many through her work which affected and helped millions of her constituents find their first homes, apartments or shelter.
She was dedicated to her family but she was also giving to the entire community. More than anything else her generosity endeared her to all those she touched or reached out to her. Among many other things she helped kids get into college, helped adults find shelter, and assisted the elderly with housing. A lot of her satisfying moments came from the many mom's who cried with joy when they walked into their first new home that Theresa had helped them obtain. As a mother she was loved not only by her own kids but by all children that came to know her. She gave a sense of comfort to them through her big heartedness and her gentle demeanor. That was her gift.
She loved tennis. Her joy was to travel to tennis venues in her big van packed with kids to tournaments, high school matches and other events where she was usually found helping with food, drink and as a cheerleader.
Vigil services will be held Tuesday May 5, 2009 at 7 PM and viewing will be from 5 to 9 PM at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance Ca. Mass will be held at St Lawrence Martyr Church 1900 S. Prospect Ave. Redondo Beach, Ca. on Wednesday May 6, 2009 at 10:00 AM. Internment will be at Green Hills cemetery on 27501 S. Western Ave. Rancho Palos Verdes.
The family would especially like to convey their sincere thanks to each of the hundreds of wonderful HUD employees whose contributions and prayers will never be forgotten, as well at to the many family and friends that have been there for Theresa. The Theresa Camiling Benefit Memorial fund has been established in Theresa's honor.
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