Flori Flora Montante, 85, retired teacher and the Pacific Northwest's icon in Philippine culture, died January 8 after a lengthy illness. Born December 17, 1927, in Naguilian, LaUnion, Philippines to Santiago (James) Vergara Montante and Felipa Alcantara Flora Montante. A graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, she began her teaching career which included many years in Baguio. After immigrating to the U.S in 1968 she taught in Seattle parochial and public elementary schools for 36 years. This beautiful, stylish woman was also active in the Filipino American community.

In 1986, she co-founded and was the moving force of the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington which has sponsored Pagdiriwang, the Philippine Independence commemoration in the Seattle Center since 1987. Her love of music led Flori to create the Baranggay Chorale in Seattle. Because of her untiring work in promoting Philippine culture she received many civic, school and community awards, including those from Citizens for Excellence in Education, Ethnic Cultural Heritage Council and the 2012 Pinoy Reporter Tagumpay Award in Lifetime Achievement. She was a member of Filipino Youth Activities, Filipino American National Historical Society and a lifelong supporter of the Girl Scouts.

Preceded in death by her parents, her survivors include her son, Alvin Montante with his wife, Tess, and two grandchildren, Julian and Elena, all of Seattle; and a large extended family of Montante and Flora relatives.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday, January 11, in Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home. Mass will celebrate her life at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 12, in Immaculate Conception Church, 820 18th Ave., Seattle. Burial will be in Naguilian, Philippines.
Published by The Seattle Times from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2013.
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We will miss you, Auntie Flori! We pray for you as your family takes you home to be laid to rest with your mother as you have always wished. We will miss your great smile and your passion for Pagdiriwang! We will always remember your being a cover girl for Kaydet Girl! Peace!
January 14, 2013
I feel so sorry and so sad that I did not get a chance to return your message of sympathy, as I am still mourning my husband's demise. I will truly miss you, Tita Flori. My prayers to you and your loved ones.
Mia Sazon
January 11, 2013
Flori was a member of our Beta Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an organization of women educators world wide. We have missed her vibrant personality just recently but were pleased to see her at our recent holiday meeting. We will continue to miss her and wish our best to her family.
Marcia Fankhauser
January 11, 2013
I love you. And I miss you, dear Auntie Flori...Priscilla
January 11, 2013
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