Flocerfina Makiling; Administrative Assistant

Flocerfina “Flo” Tagnipes Makiling, a retired administrative assistant, died Feb. 25 at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo from injuries she received in an accidental fall Dec. 23. She was 69.

She was born on Sept. 24, 1930, in Hinunangan, Leyte, Philippines, where she grew up and went to school.

During World War II, she hid from the Japanese with her family for more than three years in a mountain hut built by her brothers when their village was invaded.

In 1956, she married Pio Makiling and the couple moved to Ventura. She worked as an administrative assistant for the Ventura County Public Heath Department until retiring in 1993.

Makiling was a devout Catholic and a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ventura. She was also active in the Filipino community and was a member of the Hinunangan Circle of America.


She enjoyed traveling to the Philippines, Europe and New York but especially to Hawaii, Oregon and Atascadero, where three of her children live.

She enjoyed dancing and looked forward to family visits, according to relatives.

She was an avid figure skating fan and had a special interest in fashion design.

Makiling is survived by daughters Catherine Wallace of Atascadero, Mary Christian of Portland, Ore.; sons John of Honolulu, Hawaii, and William of Ventura; sisters MilagrosDomingo of Nipomo, Calif., and Elena Tagnipes of San Francisco; brothers, Rupert, Igmadio, Joseph and Phil Tagnipes, all of Los Angeles; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1970.

A Mass is scheduled at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Ventura with Father Michael Jeanett officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home in Ventura.