Elenita (Ellie) Geronca Carpio, 87, passed away peacefully on December 3, 2020 with her family at her side.
Elenita (Ellie) was born on May 18, 1933 to Ireneo Geronca and Luz Infante Geronca in Iloilo City, Philippines. She was the oldest of 5 children. After the tragic loss of her father, she became the caregiver for her siblings. Ellie was beautiful inside and out. At the age of 14 she held the title of Ms. Fortunata, and was crowned Ms. Luzon at the age of 19. After she graduated from high school in Iloilo City, Ellie helped her family in the coffee and bread shop they owned. She met and married the love of her life Antonio (Tony) Carpio on March 23, 1957 in Iloilo City, Philippines. Tony was in the U.S. Army and they married while he was home on furlough. She joined him at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma in the winter of 1961. Ellie served as a military wife for 22 years. Together Tony and Ellie had three children -- two daughters, Joy and Lila, and one son, Danny. She loved being a homemaker and taking care of her family. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. She loved to experiment in the kitchen and created many of her own recipes. Ellie was an accomplished seamstress and sewed gowns and dresses for weddings. In addition to sewing, she loved to crochet. She made many tablecloths, doilies, and throws each with intricate details. When time allowed, Ellie enjoyed traveling. She visited her children, grandchildren, and family no matter how far away they lived.
Ellie was very sociable. She loved to host parties and gather with friends. She was very generous, always helping others. As one of the founders of the Filipino American Association of Central Texas (FAACT), she served as President and was committed to unifying the Filipino community and sharing their culture. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and was very strong in her faith.
Ellie was loved by everyone who knew her and will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ireneo Geronca and Luz Infante, and siblings Ireneo Geronca, Jr. , Novelina Maloto, Olivia Bernaldez, and Aricelli Geronca.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving husband of 63 years Antonio Carpio, daughter Joy Ortiz, husband Arnold and children Nito (Amira) and Alex (Jackie), and grandsons Dante and Titus; daughter Lila Murphy, husband Dean and children Ryan (Rebekah), Josh, and Justin, and granddaughter Elaina; son Danny Carpio, wife Robin and daughter, Bethany, and grandson Zealand.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be at Heritage Funeral Home on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at 1:00 PM Central Texas State Veteran Cemetery.
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