FilAm ‘hero’ nurse, war veteran pass away in Texas, California

FILAM NURSE Yogi Causing King

By Marie-Alsie G. Penaranda
DALLAS, Texas/SAN DIEGO, California  – Two heroes, one a FilAm nurse helping save people in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic and another a war veteran with the Philippine Air Force, died miles apart early this month and in December.

Filipinos mourned the passing of Marshare Yogi Causing-King who died at the Odessa Regional Medical Center after lingering illness suspected to be COVID-19 virus here in Dallas, Texas. She was 50.

She died after contracting bacterial pneumonia while serving at the ICU for Covid-19 patients of Odessa Regional Medical Center in Texas

Causing-King, a native of Koronadal City, South Cotabato in Mindanao, was lauded for her role in helping patients survive the dreaded virus.

Only last November 5, just two days before her birthday, Causing-King was awarded as the Nurse of the Week, her lawyer-journalist brother, Beteni Toto Causing, said.

“Very tragic for us. She died on 13 January 2022. She failed to make to her dream “GOLDEN BIRTHDAY” or her 50th birth anniversary,” he wrote on Facebook.

“To us, she is a heroine because she served to help thousands of Covid-19 victims,” Atty. Causing said.

Yogi has been a nurse since 1993 starting in Philippines. Then she worked in the United States since 2011. As a registered nurse, she worked in Oncology, Cardio-Thoracic, Emergency Room and the Intensive Care Unit.

“Then I started traveling last year for C response, and still traveling up to now. I enjoy traveling, so I see myself traveling until I retire,” she recounted in a post.

“I love my job, aside from the high pay as a traveller, I get to see different places, and different work environments, making me a much more versatile ICU RN,” she said.

“I am motivated by my family, who depends on me,” she recalled a year before her death.

She had an advice to Filipinos starting nursing career in the US. “For the nurses who like to succeed in this profession, just put your heart and passion in everything you do., Do what is right for your patient and you’ll never go wrong!”

Yogi’s relatives wanted to bring her body to Koronadal City to give her proper burial, but found out that it would cost $20,000 at least to bring her home, thus they appealed to her friends, co-workers and relatives for help.

In just two days of the fund drive, donations poured out fast for Yogi’ corpse to be brought to Koronadal from Texas.

“Now, the donation drive has hit $16,000. We are still hoping for $4,000 more in two days more,” said Atty. Causing who said President Rodrigo Duterte called him up to offer help and send a personal card of condolence. It was not known of the Chief Executive contributed to the fund drive.

War hero Sebastian Lagrimas succumbed to ailments last December in San Diego, California.

He joined the Philippine Air Force at the age of 17. He was also a talented musician and an exceptional trumpet player. He was also a natural athlete who enjoyed basketball, swimming and bowling.

A visitation for Sebastian will be held Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at El Camino Memorial – Sorrento Valley, 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92121.

A funeral service will occur Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8200 Gold Coast Dr, San Diego, CA 92126.

A graveside service will occur Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92121.