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Doris Pepito Mendoza

Feb 3, 1976 - Nov 18, 2021 (Age 45)

Long Beach, California


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Forest Lawn - Long Beach Obituary

Doris Pepito Mendoza, 45, born on February 3, 1976, in Manila, Philippines, passed away November 18, 2021. She resided in Long Beach, CA at the time of her passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Long Beach, California.

Doris caught the travel bug from her father, Dominador Pepito. She loved traveling and started her journey from Manila to Cebu and then to America. It was in Cebu that she met her husband and high school sweetheart, Jonathan Mendoza. Shortly after, she moved to America and created her bucket list. She had plenty of places and tourist spots she wanted to see. As her sister joined the military, she was able to explore different states as she visited those places along with her parents and her family. She started with Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Florida and New York. Her dream was to make it to Hawaii and Paris.

Despite her love to travel to places, she often came back to Philippines. She was known and loved there by family and friends. She was a generous soul and a very kind woman. She often would make those she loved special by giving thoughtful gifts or just by being there for them. She would give even when she didn't have enough. She was rich not of material things, but of people who loved and cared about her.

If there was anything she was known for, it was her love for food. She was a true foodie who dragged her beloved children, sister, husband, parents and friends to known popular food sites as she checked off her foodie bucket list and posted on her social media. The only thing that stopped her from her love of traveling and food was the pain caused by her cancer. Even in the early stages of her diagnosis, she continued to check off as many items on her bucket list. When she couldn't travel and enjoy food, she made sure her children got to explore even when it meant she would be watching their exploration on her phone.

Her best friends or "Barkadas" made sure to bring the parties to her when she couldn't go to them. She loved them as much as they love her. She was very appreciative and happy whenever that happened. She often talked about them and was very grateful of everything they have done for her. They were always there for her and carried her through her cancer journey.

She was a hard worker and very dedicated to her job. She worked at Farmers and Merchants Bank for 24 years. She met so many friends in different branches, often the funniest person in their circles. She was known as a prankster and for her love of potlucks.

She was a very loving wife. Her love story was quite spectacular. They started their fairytale in the Philippines and continued in America. Doris and Jonathan were a perfect pair. They balanced each other and supported each other. She loved him so much that her children look like his carbon copy.

She was very proud of her children. She loved them dearly and would give up anything for them to be happy. Her children were her prized possessions. There was nothing she wouldn't do for her children, Justine, Jordan and Dominique. Despite being scared of hospitals and medical procedures, she endured them all to get more time with her children. Her biggest fear was to not be able to see them grow up and see her grandchildren. They gave her strength to keep fighting even when she was suffering. They loved her so much as well and often spent time with her. Justine was her personal nurse and her other two were her cheerleaders.

Her loving nature extended to her niece, Hannah and nephew, Nathan. Doris loved them like her children. She treated them like their own. When her sister wasn't able to take them to places, she included them in their travels. Doris also loved her godchildren. She has a list of them on her cellphone and their birthday as well as her planners.

She was a great supporter to her sister since her sister's diagnosis of breast cancer. She made sure that her sister, Ruth, was always part of their family travel and gatherings. If her sister couldn't make it, she made sure to bring the party to her. She didn't know that being part of her sister's journey would prepare her for her own cancer journey. As her sister progressed to Stage 4, Doris was also diagnosed eight months after of Stage 4 Small Bowel Cancer. She thought her sister was a strong woman without noticing that she had become the epitome of a Wonder Woman. As they drew strength from each other, they also grew closer than ever.

Doris was a devoted daughter. She never left her parents' sides. As the eldest daughter, she ensured that she was the responsible one who needed to watch out for the family. She was always so thoughtful of her parents and often ensured they got to travel everywhere. She was the glue that bound them together. Her last words to her sister was to take care of her parents.

She passed away peacefully at College Medical Center, fighting until the end to say goodbye and receive her last rites. As a devoted Catholic, she never waive red at her faith that God is in control. She was surrounded by her family friends, singing for her as she loved music and karaoke.

Doris is survived by her parents, Dominador and Dominadora Pepito; her husband, Jonathan Mendoza; her children, Justine, Jordan and Dominique; her sister, Ruth Pepito; brother in law, Jason Kim; niece, Hannah; and nephew, Nathan.

Please check out the details below for her viewing and funeral service. Her visitation or viewing is at the Mission Room at Cherry avenue, please use that entrance. Her funeral is at the Forest Lawn Chapel.

She was a kind and gentle soul. She will be forever missed. A life so beautifully lived and a heart so deeply loved.

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