It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Ruperta Zamora Tecson Fernandez, known to her family and friends as Betty.
Betty passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020 at the young age of 87 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. She died from complications due to Covid-19.
Betty was born in San Miguel, Bulacan, Philippines, on December 12, 1932 to Ruperta Zamora Tecson and Dr. Pedro Tecson. She was the second youngest of seven siblings and was the youngest girl. She grew up in San Miguel, a beautiful small town about 50 miles north of Manila. She is descended from many notable individuals who helped shape and influence their community and country. Most notable of her ancestors are:
Pablo Tecson, a former Governor General of Bulacan and later the Insular Secretary of the Philippine Bureau of Agriculture;
Emiliano Tecson who participated in the ratification of the first Philippine Constitution;
Simon Tecson, a Filipino General who served as revolutionary Colonel of the Siege of Baler and was the former mayor of San Miguel;
Trinidad Tecson, a renowned female revolutionary of the Philippine Revolution. Known as 'The Mother of Philippine Red Cross' and 'Mother of Mercy’;
In 1954 Betty attended University of Santo Tomas, completing her degree in Nursing at Chinese General Hospital School of Nursing in 1960. She was recruited straight after graduation by St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. It was in Toronto where she met her husband Rafael Fernandez, with whom she had a daughter on October 15, 1965, named Rosa Elvira by her father but known to all by the nickname her mother gave her - Rosette. Shortly after the birth of their daughter they moved to and settled in Manhattan, NY.
Following the untimely passing of her husband Betty moved to New Rochelle, a leafy suburb of New York City where she spent the next 35 years working as a nurse in Manhattan and Westchester hospitals until her retirement in 2005.
After the onset of Alzheimer’s she went to live with her daughter and son-in-law Peter in Atlanta, Georgia before being invited to live with family in her native Philippines. She stayed there for eight years until finally returning to Toronto in October, 2019 where her daughter and son-in-law now lived. She resided very happily at Revera Kingsway Retirement Home until her passing.
She is survived by her beloved daughter, Rosette and son-in-law Peter, whom she loved fiercely. Betty was greatly loved and gave love back to any friend or family member that needed help, consolation, friendship, or guidance. She was an extraordinary mother and woman who spent her life serving others.
She loved the NY Yankees, the outdoors - particularly camping, international travel and showing her daughter the world. She was a huge fan of country music, especially John Denver - which prompted her specific wish that her ashes be spread over the Rocky Mountains. A challenge that lays before us.
Due to current restrictions a private service will be held at Turner & Porter Funeral Home. A full celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Words of condolence, stories, photos, and any fond memories of Betty may be left here. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Betty’s name to an Alzheimer’s organization in your area.