March 25, 1935 ~ October 11, 2021
Shirley C. Diaz of Temecula, California passed away on October 11, 2021, after a brief illness. She was born on March 25, 1935, in Manila, Philippines to Mr. and Mrs. Johnny and Martina Chua. Our mother Shirley is survived by her loving husband, Pedro T. Diaz of 66 years; her children, Howard Diaz (Michelle) of Seattle, WA; Jonell Hanley (Richard) of San Clemente, CA; Carole Gonzales (Neil) of Houston, TX; Jennifer D'Alessio (Keith) of Cary, NC; and Peter Diaz (Carmela) of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; Grandchildren: Cheryl; Ryan (Stephanie); Charlie, Andrew (Camille); Brandon (Allison); Casey (Paulina); Zachary (Alyssa); Bradford (Rebecca); Patrick (Emily); and Breanne. Great Grandchildren: Charlotte Gonzales, Logan Postel, and Emerson Postel. Shirley Anna Marietta was a loving mother and an inspiration to many. She encouraged everyone to strive for excellence and to reach for the stars. She has always been our beacon of light and our paragon of love and hope. Growing up in Manila, Shirley graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Management at FEATI University in the Philippines. Her career started as a Professor of Math and Chemistry at the University of the East for 17 years. Afterwhich, she founded her 3 own companies as the Business Executive: East Gate International Corporation (Electrical Company); Chemacor Marketing Corporation (Chemical Trading Company-still in operation); Trio-Tech International (Semiconductor Company). During the prime of her career, she was the President of the Lioness Club in the Philippines; American Chamber of Commerce, Philippine Chapter; International Chamber of Trade; Women Chemical Engineers of the Philippines; Philippine Association of Chemical Suppliers; and Women’s Management Association. After retiring from her three companies, she moved to the United States of America in 1987. Shirley continued to be active in the community, helping to establish Mary Queen of Peace parish church in Issaquah, WA. She was a member of the Divine Mercy, Readers Ministry, Filipino Ministry, Eucharistic Ministry at St Catherine of Alexandria. She also was a leader of America Needs Our Lady of Fatima. As a careful reminder, we are here on earth on borrowed time. It is important to everyone of us to love deeply and cherish our dear ones completely. Never hesitate to let them know how much they mean to you and how much you love them today, as tomorrow may never come. Lastly, the Diaz family would like to express our most sincere thanks to all the healthcare personnel who took care of our mother during her healing journey. *Viewing hours: England Family Mortuary, 27135 Madison Avenue, Temecula, CA 92590. -Tuesday, October 19 from 1:00-5:00 PM, -Wednesday, October 20 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM *Catholic Interment Day: Thursday, October 21, 10:00 AM Mass at St. Catherine of Alexandria, 41875 C St, Temecula, CA 92592 followed by her burial at Temecula Cemetery.