By Lourdes G. Mon (at Memorial Service held at
St. Hillary Church Chicago, on July 25, 2020)
Today is very special to us because we are celebrating the life of Mimi. On behalf of all her friends, I extend heartfelt condolences to the Runo and Bagui families.
Mimi was my best friend. However, I would be remiss if I don’t mention another person who was also close to her heart, Veronica Leighton. There was a description of the three of us that I can’t say in church. Veronica remembers Mimi as a good friend, mentor, and a fun pal. She was a generous, thoughtful and a forthright lawyer.
Somehow, most of the time, Mimi and I were seen together more often, without Veronica. We both loved playing the slots, but the slots loved us more, for obvious reasons, and that’s all I’m going to say about that topic.
One time, Mimi and I were driving to visit friends in Palos Heights, and I took the wrong exit fi nding ourselves in the middle of a DuPage Forest Preserve. We went around and around for an hour or so, trying to fi nd an exit. Well, Mimi remarked, “ Tomorrow, the headline of the Chicago Tribune will be, Two Women, Raped and Killed in the Woods.” With God’s protection we reached our destination safely.
Mimi and I had many fun adventures or escapades, I can write a book. I am blessed to have had her in my life. She was a very special person , not only to me but to many; extending help and support without reservations. I used to tell her that if she were in the Philippines, she would have been either a high- ranking government offi cial, or a practicing country lawyer paid with live chicken or fresh vegetables from the farm and she would have been fi ne with it.
In closing, we pray that God welcomes Mimi in paradise. May her soul Rest In Peace.