It's been years since I spent any time with Tita Tindeng. �Ever since her Alzheimer's progressed to the point where she wasn't recognizing us anymore I found it difficult to be with her. �I felt sad because just months before she was very vital and alert. �Before she retired, she had reached her career peak as President of PICPA.
She was a very important person to the accounting community and to CEU (Centro Escolar University) where she was Dean of Commerce for many years.
She never married. �Instead she took care of her family. �She raised and put her siblings through school until all of them graduated from college. �Later she accepted their spouses as if they were her siblings, too. �Then she took care of her nephews and nieces and years later their spouses. �And she still had enough love for the "grandchildren".
Cleotilde G. Protomartir was the matriarch of the clan. �Everyone respected her, feared her, and loved her. �And now she's gone.
She was 89 years old when she passed away. �She was mere days shy of turning 90.
Tita Tindeng, we love you and we miss you, but we believe you are in a better place now. �Thank you for everything.