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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

Rosalina "Nena" Spears ascended to heaven with the sunset on Sunday September 10, 2017. She was surrounded by her children and elevated by the loving energy of prayers from around the world. Rosalina was born February 6, 1937 in Narvacan Ilocos Sur, Philippines. The daughter of Catalino Calina Paringit and Maria Angela Combis, Nena was the third of ten children. She sacrificed a formal education to begin working at an early age in support of her family. Nena sewed their clothing, helped provide food and was able to send several of her younger siblings to school.

Rosalina was regarded as the fairest in her hometown village. Her physical beauty surpassed only by her devotion to family. She caught the eye of GySgt Travis Spears, a marine based in the Philippines. As the story goes, Travis went AWOL for three days in order to make the trek to Rosalina's home, serenade her per the village custom and ask for her hand in marriage. Apparently, it worked as the pair were married and moved to Oceanside, California in 1966 where they resided ever since. Travis and Nena raised four children: Ernest, Fredrick, Ricardo and Maria "Molly." Nena was the ultimate mom- an ardent hugger and cheek kisser with an empathetic ear, encouraging spirit and calming energy. To her, food was love and she found great joy feeding the masses. Everyone loved her Philippine cooking, especially her lumpia.

You could always find Nena cheering on her children in any endeavor- joyful in her excitement and extraordinarily proud no matter the outcome. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, walking on the beach and fishing with her sisters. She was always singing and thoroughly enjoyed watching novellas, westerns and black and white movies. In recent months she developed an insatiable craving for donut holes, rotisserie chicken and fish tacos- items she would often persuade her children to sneak into the hospital for her.

Rosalina was a devoted wife, sister and mother to all. Her eternal optimism and gratitude for life will be greatly missed. But her memory will live on through the invaluable lessons she taught us: Smile, you have a lot to be thankful for… Be nice and forgive… Dunk your head in the ocean. It will cure any ailment… And above all else, "don't stress, you pray."

Rosalina is survived by her sisters, Josefina, Esminia, Juana, Remedios and brother Lorenzo; her children, Ernest, Fredrick, Ricardo and Maria; her grandchildren whom she lovingly called "little angels" Isabella, Alexandra, Alina and Sadie; and many relatives and close friends.

A viewing will be held Monday September 25th, from 5-6pm at the Oceanside Mortuary Chapel. The Mission San Luis Rey Historic Church will host the funeral mass on Tuesday September 26th at 10 AM with burial at 2:30pm sharp at the Mira Mar National Cemetery. Celebration of life reception will be held in Oceanside immediately following the burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in Rosalina's name to Mission San Luis Rey De Francia, 4050 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92057.