It is with profound sadness and much love that we announce the peaceful passing of Aurora “Baby” Arceo Turla on October 6, 2021 at the age of 85.
Aurora was born in the Philippines on April 6, 1936. She was the first person in her family to obtain a college degree. She majored in Chemical Engineering and graduated from Mapua University and received her master’s at the University of Washington. She immigrated to the United States in 1969 with her husband who she fondly called, “My Joe”. Aurora was very active in the Filipino Community of Seattle. She was an active fundraiser and donor for FCS which honored her by naming a room after her in the Filipino Community Center. She was also the first female President of the Association of Filipino Engineers of Washington (AFEW), which she helped co-found and lead for many, many years. She taught Chemistry classes at the UW Experimental College and Ballard High School and worked for Boeing as a Materials Engineer for 30 plus years. She helped develop and patent various materials that went into building airplanes.
Aurora traveled extensively with her husband and family all over the world. Over the years she built a collection of photos, memorabilia, and accessories from all her travels. She visited the Philippines often and her schedule was often packed with visits, community events, and travel trips with friends who were always so eager and excited to see her.
Aurora was a loving wife, auntie, sister, and friend. She was generous to a fault and helped support numerous family members, no questions asked. For decades, she shared her home in Beacon Hill with new immigrants arriving from the Philippines who needed a place to stay. She became hostess with the “mostest” to many holiday and birthday parties at the Greenhouse, with her husband Joe doing the cooking and Aurora doing the entertaining. She shared their home at Vashon Island for weekly weekend getaways where many hold those times close to their hearts as fond memories never to be forgotten. She absolutely loved good food, halo-halo, ice cream, siopao, music, dancing, traveling with her husband Joe, and spending time with family and friends.
Aurora was exceptionally strong and brave to the end. She lived her life to the fullest with absolutely zero regrets. She did everything she wanted and felt called to do. She NEVER complained and was always grateful for all the love and help that was given to her.
She was preceded in death by Jose Turla, her loving husband of 50 years, her parents, Marcos Inson Arceo and Victoria Ramos Arceo, her siblings Lori Panganiban and her husband Robert, Teresita Ong and her husband Gerry, Bayani Arceo and his wife Emilia, Marcos Arceo Jr., her nephew Joselito, niece Lora.
She will be lovingly remembered by her in-laws, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and numerous relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at St. James Cathedral on Friday, October 15, 2021 beginning with a rosary/viewing at 10:00 am followed by a mass at 12:10 p.m. She will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle at 2 pm the same day.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor Aurora’s to St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Avenue Seattle WA 98104.