Elsa Quirino Ballesteros

From:  Val and Jean Mape

GOODBYE ELSA, REST IN PEACE:  Yesterday was a sad day .... we said our last goodbye to a very dear friend, one of our longest time best friends whom my wife and I were blessed to have known and remained friends with for more than half of her life.  In the latter half of our long friendship, she battled cancer and appeared to be winning, we hoped, as she never displayed any change in her outlook and caring and loving ways.  But God wanted her more than we did.

She was several years younger than me but she always made me feel the opposite.  Every time I saw or spoke with her, her first words were always “how are you, is everything okay?” and expressed them with a profound concern in her modulation and the look in her face.  I really don’t know how to express it but except to say that she was “mothering” me, always making me feel comfortable when we visited her and Marc; and like what mothers do, we always had something “to go” when we leave, as if her devotion and affection were not good enough.  Often, it was a plant that she had nurtured no doubt with the same tenderness and affection that she extended to us.  I always thought that, along with the tender touch, she must have sung to her plants as well for she sang like the angel that she was.  She was the lead singer in our church choir.

The notion that opposite attracts is a myth because I know that Elsa and Marc were closer that most couples I know because of their common love for music, their unwavering common faith and their common loving, caring and tender spirits, and, of course, their unconditional love for each other.

When it was my turn to say goodbye, I looked at her face, still showing semblance of her beauty despite cancer’s unholy assault to her physique and when I touched the tip of her cold hand, I felt the warmth of her inner beauty that opened my tear ducts.  Marc’s goodbye tribute to Elsa touched me even more and my tears rolled down freely.  Truly, Elsa and Marc are saints!  And because we love them so dearly, Elsa’s departure was even harder to accept.  While the sad turn of events shook my faith somewhat, I resigned myself to believe that Elsa’s sufferings and by those in the same situation are but offerings of sacrifices in their journey towards reconciliation and union with God.

Elsa, you were a perfect example of an angel on earth and for that you automatically deserved to be an angel in heaven.  You are not gone in our book for your tender and loving spirit lives on in our grateful hearts, and you were simply passing through via your mortal life to a life of immortality in the house and presence of God, who had a seat already reserved for you.  And Marc, please know that you are and will always be in our thoughts and prayers, and that wherever we are and wherever you may be, we are always there for you.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

From:  Liz Papathanasakis

Dear Marc,

I am so sorry for your loss.  I have just checked my email after almost a week away.  We are visiting our son in Greece till January 2nd.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.  My sincere condolences, 


Thursday, December 24, 2015

From:  Chit Aquino

Hello Marc-Nonoy,

I am so sorry to hear of Elsa's passing.  I pray that she will rest on our loving Father's bosom and be in eternal peace.  My prayers and thoughts go out to your family.  Sincerely, Chit 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

From:  Polly & Simeon Federigan

Our heartfelt sympathy and condolence to you Manny.  Thinking of you in this difficult time.  Remember when we were at the same table at Don's birthday?  We will pray for the repose of Elsie's soul.  She is in heaven.  Polly (sister of Susan Dizon)

Saturday, January 2, 2016

From:  Your Florida Family:  Inay, Tatay, Eva, Peter, James, Ceres, Eileen, Eric, Edwin Gemma, Sue, Herman, Alfredo Jr., Ruth, Ashton, Eric Jr., Justin, Winston, Tim, Matt, CJ, Ed

Elsa gave us (our family) so much love to last us a lifetime.  She will be missed but so much treasured.  She lives on in all of us.  Love always.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

From:  Peter Sears

Marc, let your music cradle the soul.  All our prayers are with you.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

From:  Ceres West

I have no words to describe the sense of loss I’m feeling.  The place I’ve reserved for her in my heart can never be filled again.  I’m ok with that because Elsa somehow will occupy it always.  Until I see her again, I will sing and think of her with pure love!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

From:  James West

Music you know the universal language love, peace, patience and remembering.  So is the times we had together - so special!!  Love you so.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

From:  Aileen Austria

Angels have the profound effect of touching anyone’s heart deeply.  Even though I did not spend that many moments with Elsa, each moment spent will be etched in memory.  She is “love” and I will always remember her balm for my soul, her sage advice: “Keep singing!”

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

From:  Eva Austria

Elsa is a beacon of light that filled up even the darkest of room just by her presence!  That will always be there in my heart forever.  She brought joy and happiness; together with you - had the essence and warmth that changes lives and bring joy to people you touch!  Her life is a life well-lived and well-loved!  God Bless always!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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