Some 40 family members and friends attended the memorial service of Dora Grace Ada Camacho yesterday (Sept. 4 in the mainland) at the Bernardy Center of the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California.
Camacho succumbed to a brain tumor last Aug. 20 (Saipan time) but her spirit and courage in the face of a debilitating illness helped inspire many people in the Marianas and those who got to know her during her short hospital stay in the mainland.
Camacho’s mother, Jennifer Camacho Ada, said her daughter’s memorial service “was very good and successful and I’m really happy that everybody including the staff of the Bernardy Center loved the service.”
During the memorial, a pink urn that contained Camacho’s ashes was placed together with a bouquet of roses and photos of Camacho and Hello Kitty on a table at the Bernardy Center’s Friendship Garden.
Ada earlier said she decided to cremate her daughter’s remains so that she can scatter her ashes on Saipan once the family finally returns to the island.
Among those present at Camacho’s memorial were her uncle, Ignacio C. Ada Jr., and his wife, Ciara M. Ada, who Jennifer Ada said were very fond and loved Camacho so much.
Also at the memorial were Ben Magaahi Lizama and his wife June Lizama, Camacho’s stepfather Joe Gayatao, nurses at the Bernardy Center, and a pastor who conducted the memorial service.
“My brother said he was in high school when Dora came into our lives and she was the reason why he joined the military. His wife also said it was an honor to have met Dora who her husband talks about so much and all she can say is thank you Dora,” said Jennifer Ada.
She also thanked her uncle Ben and Auntie June for attending the service. “Uncle Ben and auntie June said they don’t know how it feels to lose a child but it was a pleasure to have spent so much time with Dora that they treat her like their own daughter. Mostly their words was that they all loved Dora and her inspiration to all is to enjoy life because Dora was full of life. No matter what condition she was in she always puts a smile and made life full of love and smiles. Uncle Ben said if he could give Dora her legs he would so that she would be able to walk and move just one last time.”
Jennifer Ada also extended her gratitude to everyone who supported their family financially and emotionally.
“Please accept my family and my appreciation for all you have done for my little girl. May she rest in peace and we shall remember all the love and support you all have given her. You all have given her the strength to be the little girl who all have been touched by. I also want to thank the Liberation Queen who gave her crown to my little girl so she would be the princess that she deserves to be. I thank everyone that was part of my little girl’s life. She has made a big family and new friends. I will always remember the good memories and the best adventure we all have gone through during her fight for survival.”