She was born on January 19, 1928 in Iloilo City, Philippines to Ramon Gabato and Adelina Espinosa. She was married to Fortunato Pallones Beso (predeceased)
and had 14 children -- Jess, Nene, Terry, Butch, Connie, Menchie, Nash, Koko, Ching, Juancho, Margie, Vennie, Annette & Wowie, who did not get the chance to meet her Papa since he, unfortunately, passed away even before she was born.
Mama Consuelo migrated to the USA in 1989. For a time, she lived with and assisted her daughter Connie in Oregon at her home care facility before she worked at Sky Chefs, preparing sandwiches for Delta Airlines passengers. She lived selflessly and loved unconditionally as she continued to support not only her 14 children but their families as well. Despite being thousands of miles away from home, she made it a point to make each and every member of her huge family feel loved and cared for. She was their pillar of strength, source of inspiration, and the wind beneath their wings.
Mama Consuelo was the epitome of strength, resourcefulness, courage, and faith in raising all 14 children by herself after the early passing of her husband. Her God-given talent in cooking, harnessed at Araullo High School, eased things a bit for her financially. Her strength, courage, and strong faith in God became more evident when two of her sons,Butch and Jess died. She did not shed a single tear in public and instead of questioning why her children had to go before her, she surrendered everything to God’s will, which allowed her grieving family to accept Butch's and Jess' passing with peace in their hearts.
Mama Consuelo loved watching Filipino shows thru TFC. She was always updated with the Philippine showbusiness news and happenings which was a common topic in her phone or video conversations with her family back home. But what she loved and valued more were her visits to the Philippines, which meant gathering her huge family and making precious memories. She also loved to cook. Her chicken empanada with handmade dough is creating waves and is arguably the best in her hometown of Sta. Ana, Manila.
Although she was crisscrossing between Oregon and New Jersey and visiting San Diego, she spent her last few years with her youngest daughter, Wowie, and her husband Tyler. Her daughters Annette and Margie, who live nearby, would visit and take turns in taking care of her.
Mama Consuelo left tons of wonderful memories and inspiring stories for her huge family to reminisce, treasure, and share. Her unique and lively laugh will always put a smile on the faces of her 12 children and spouses, 25grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.
Private family service was held at East Ridgelawn Crematory in Clifton City, New Jersey, on 04/14/2021. Her ashes will be brought home to the Philippines and will be laid to rest beside her husband at the St. Therese Columbarium.
For memorial donations, please contact Wowie Beso-Miller at 971-235-8748 or email her at email@example.com. They will be used to support (the foundation of Lola's choice) or if we will push through with a foundation in honor of her name to support special children or abandoned elderly.
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