Nympha Aurora Quines Vergara was the first of ten children born to Doctor Cristobal and Eladia Quines on February 2, 1940 in the Philippine town of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. At an early age she discovered a love and talent for playing the piano. At a time and place where radio and TV were nonexistent, she found herself at the center of every gathering and event. Even now, her brothers and sisters cherish their memories of family evenings listening to her play.
Nympha had a very strong Catholic faith which stemmed from her schooling at Saint Augustine's School (SAS) in her hometown. This was a convent and Catholic school founded and run by Belgian missionary nuns and priests. In addition to her religious foundation, she credits their standard of education for opening opportunities for her in the United States. Moreover, SAS was not merely a hall of education for the children of Tagudin. It was the place that nurtured relationships they would keep their entire lives and carry with them around the world.
In 1961, Nympha graduated from National University, Manila with a BS in Pharmacy and worked 46 years in hospital laboratories as a Medical Technologist. During her medical training as an exchange student in the United States, she married Rodolfo T. Vergara in 1967 and they had their first son, Rudy Jr. Four years later, they were blessed with a second son, Andrew, and shortly thereafter moved to San Diego where they lived for 28 years.
Nympha gained a daughter when Andrew married Michelle Floresca in 1997. Soon after, she knew the joy of becoming a Lola with grand-daughters, Jasmine, Julia, Jaclyn and Joy. In 2003 she settled in Temecula, California to be closer to her children.
Nympha was a beloved friend to many, especially her workmates at Palomar Memorial Hospital in Escondido, California where she worked and retired from after 38 years. In her later years her love of travel led her to visit many places including Greece, Hawaii, and London. But her favorite city was Rome, where Rudy Jr. met Pope John Paul II and failed to kiss the ring.
During her golden years she was given a second chance at love when she became engaged to Adolfo Bunoan. Sadly, Nympha was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Throughout her two and a half year battle, her spirits were always high and her faith never wavered. Even when she became physically unable to attend Mass on Sundays, she would spend her mornings celebrating daily Mass with the Eternal Word Television Network.
On the night of Monday, May the 23rd, Nympha passed away peacefully at Temecula Valley Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. She is survived by children Rudy Jr., partner Jeff, Andrew, wife Michelle; grand-daughters Jasmine, Julia, Jaclyn, and Joy; sisters Lyn, Henie, Crisel (husband Edgar), and Marites; brothers Rodel (partner Hans), Chris, Mario (wife Grace), and Edwin (wife Mildred); ex-husband, Rudy T. Vergara; and fiancé Adolfo Bunoan. To leave a condolence or for more information, please visit us at www.eastcountymortuary.com.