Date of birth: October 17 1926
Date of death: August 6 2019
Milagros Avila was born in Socuellamos, Spain, to Filomena Arenas and Joaquin Perez. She grew up in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). She married Luis Carlos Avila of La Chorrera, Panama in Madrid in 1952. They moved to New York City, where Milagros lived the rest of her life, working as a secretary in the banking and insurance industries, and raising her 2 daughters, Helen and Pamela.
After divorcing in 1977, Milagros continued to live independently in her home in Flushing, NY. Due to the hardships of war while she was growing up, she had been unable to graduate from high school, but she was a very intelligent and self-educated woman. It was her goal to see that her daughters and grandchildren were educated, and she continued to encourage and support their education throughout her life.
Upon retiring, she spent time reading, listening to music, playing the piano, and gardening. In 1992, she bought a home in Cannon Beach, Oregon, and she continued to visit and maintain this property until her 90th birthday. She remained self-reliant her entire life. When her health failed in the spring of 2019, she decided to move to Portland to
be closer to family, where she hoped to be able to spend her last months. Sadly, she passed away within a week of arriving in Oregon.
She is survived by daughters Helen Torino and Pamela Avila, niece Linda Santos, niece Filomena Frost, grandchildren Sean Torino, Aaron Torino, Forrest Avila-Crump, Savanna Avila-Crump, and great-grandson, Ozzie Torino. Her remains will be buried at Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery near her beloved grandson Miles Avila-Crump, who predeceased her.
Arrangements by Crown Memorial Funeral Home.
8 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Yvonne Frei Pam, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May she rest in peace with Miles. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Candle lit by Amy Gredler Thinking of you and your whole family Pam as you remember and grieve for your mother. She sounds like an incredible woman. Peace to you!
Candle lit by Alissa Keny-Guyer Thank you Milagros for all you did in life, including providing such a loving beach house for your family, which my family enjoyed from time to time. I’m glad you will be back closer to Miles. ❤️❤️❤️
Candle lit by Lindy Dear Tata, Life has not ended, merely changed. I know you have been welcomed into heaven by my mother, Miles & Thomasina. You are & will always be forever in our hearts. You are once in a lifetime. I love you, always. Lindy I will miss you so very much.
Candle lit by Sandy McDermott My sincerest sympathies go out to her family, especially Pam. Milagros was always so nice to me as a childhood friend of Pam’s. We stayed in touch until a few years ago. I will miss her as well. Peace to all of you, Sandy
Candle lit by Filito Tita, although our personal contact was limited by distance, I’ve always felt a special connection to you, specially after the summer of 1961 when for three months you became my “Mom” - Thank you for everything. Rest now in the company of your beloved grandson, parents, brothers and sister.
Candle lit by Pamela Mom, I owe you my life and am grateful for everything you did to enrich it. Your loving family misses you.