Damasa Felipe

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BEDFORD - Damasa Felipe died in Bedford on Nov. 20, 2012, at the age of 90.

She was born in the Philippines on Dec. 12, 1921.

In 1949, Damasa became the nanny to Celia Tischler. Celia started calling her "Moma," and that is how her nickname was born.

In 1977, Celia and her husband had their first child, and Moma came to be with the family. Moma had a special gift of caregiving, and children were naturally drawn to her. She loved to entertain and cook. She also had a green thumb and could make anything grow.

She attended the adult daycare program at Easter Seals, where she loved to play bingo and became the ambassador for their Alzheimer's association. At the age of 75, Moma proudly accomplished becoming an American citizen.

She is survived by daughter Celia Black; son-in-law Charles Black; granddaughters Kelli Riggs and Robyn Black; great-grandchildren Camryn and Nicholas Marquis and Ryleigh Riggs. They will all miss their "Moma."


services: A celebration of her life is planned for Sunday, Nov. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. with a service of remembrance at 2 p.m. at the Cremation Society of New Hampshire, 234 Hanover St., Manchester.

The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to view an online guest book and memorial, please go to csnh.com.

Published in Union Leader on Nov. 23, 2012
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