ACOSTA, Dr. Salud "Sally" Tuazon Formerly of Los Angeles, CA, died January 27 in Bellevue, WA at age 86. Dr. Acosta was born Feb. 5, 1921 and raised in Bacolor, Pampanga, Philippines, to Emiliano Tuazon and Fausta Gozun. She was a graduate of Pampanga High School, Philippine Women's University in Manila, who granted her Doctor of Humanities in 2003, and Florida State University. She taught at the Philippine Women's University from 1957 until 1969 when she immigrated to the U.S. She became a social worker for the LA County Department of Public Social Services, which influenced her advocacy for senior causes in Los Angeles in her later years. Governor Gray Davis appointed her to the California Commission on Aging from 2000 to 2006. She also served as Sr. Assemblywoman for seven terms in the California Senior Legislature, received the 1999 United Nations International Year of the Older Person Award, and acted as President of the Los Angeles Council on Aging. Dr. Acosta is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Acosta Bell (Colin) of Bellevue, WA, Jeanette Acosta of Los Angeles, and son, Rene Acosta (Connie) of Valencia, and six grandchildren: Kent Bell, Alison Bell, Kathryne Acosta, Joseph Acosta, Sky Bear Aguilar and Solange Aguilar. Her husband, Galileo Acosta, predeceased her in 2004. A funeral wake will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Glendale on Feb. 1 from 5-9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 2 at Christ the King Church, 627 N. Arden Blvd., Los Angeles. Gravesite services will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale. Friends are invited to share their memories of Sally, sign the family's online guestbook, and learn more about her distinguished life at www.flintofts.com.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2008