An Angel named Fe Mercedes Agustin Arellano Pati was brought into this world on June 30, 1948 and at the age of 67 in Austin, Arkansas she began her transition into Heaven on March 24, 2016.
Fe was born in Tarlac, Tarlac, Philippines and was the second of five children born to Raul Arellano Sr. and Natividad Agustin. She was predeceased by her brother Willy Arellano and sister Leticia Mendoza and is survived by Marlene Ong and Raul Arellano, Jr. At the delicate age of thirteen years old, she lost her father and then became the unofficial eldest child several years later. She used these life experiences to create a solid foundation for her immediate family and extended that love to her friends as well. Instead of hardening her, it allowed her to have an even more generous heart that extended to family and friends who became her family.
In 1968, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from University of the East in Manila, Philippines, and explored a successful and fulfilling career as an Executive Assistant in the Philippines and U.S., gathering even more friends at each job from Capas, Tarlac, to Chicago to Sunnyvale to Phoenix and then Arkansas.
On November 19, 1969 she married the love of her life Eddie Pahed Pati. Simply being around them, one could feel the strength of their love and the solidarity of their marriage. There was a beauty in the synergy of love and laughter often seen in the mere touch of their hands or a meaningful look across a room or their shared laughter at jokes they only understood.
She was a true extrovert that enjoyed merely being in the presence of others and this extended to creating memories with as many experiences as possible from epic family road trips in the U.S. and recording those memories in beautiful scrapbooks to honor each event. She also enjoyed the imaginary worlds that books brought her. She was blessed with a proverbial green thumb and enjoyed indoor gardening armed with her trusty plant mister and joyfully digging outside in her garden. She brought many joy with her cooking and fabulous parties. Those who knew her well enjoyed some of her specialties like shanghai lumpia and deviled eggs, and never realized that she had lists upon lists in order to attempt such a feat. She did all of it with grace, ease and a smile on her face as a gracious host. She often had a twinkle in her eye and she always had something positive to say about family, her children and grandchildren and always wanted to extend it even more. Her contagious smile, mischievous gleam, beautiful laugh and the joyous way she danced will not be forgotten. We know she must be gathering up all the other Angels to have yet another event to celebrate life and love.
She is survived by her husband Eddie P. Pati in Austin, Arkansas, her daughter Hazelle Marie Whited and son-in-law Joey Whited also in Austin, Arkansas, her son Michael Pati and daughter-in-law Theresa Diola Pati in San Jose, California, and grandsons Darren Visperas in Southern California and Abram Fessenden in Ash Flat, Arkansas.
The visitation will be on Friday, April 1 at 9:00 AM with the Ceremony from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Christian Church Jacksonville, 200 E. Martin Street, Jacksonville, AR 72076
Memorial donations can be made in Fe’s name to the National Kidney Foundation. We would like to share our heartfelt thanks to the friends and family who have been there for us during this time. Your comfort, understanding and prayers have made the days and nights bearable. Going through her scrapbooks we found some beautiful memories that awakened and strengthened our love for her. We know that she would want you to share a moment of love with someone you consider family and simply enjoy their company.
On behalf of Eddie, Marie and Joey, Michael and Theresa, Darren and Abram, thank you for your continued support, love, and affection for us, and for sharing your memories of Mom.
Arrangements are under the direction of A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street Jacksonville. 501-982-9421