Maria “Lulu” Lourdes Borromeo Kabigting, 65, of Portland, died Dec. 23. Father John Marshall celebrated her funeral Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in Milwaukie.

She was born Feb. 11, 1955, in Manila, Philippines. She was the ninth of ten children of Dr. Leonardo and Paz Kabigting, both deceased.

Ms. Kabigting was preceded in death by her brothers, Leonardo and Jorge, and survived by siblings Maria Esperanza Manuel and Ramon Kabigting of New Jersey; Maria Asuncion Duarte and Maria Corazon Santos of Oregon; Maria Carolina Soriano of Washington; Maria Ana Ofrecio (Arizona), Maria Rosario Zafra (Texas), and (Oregon). She is “Auntie Lulu” to 21 nieces and nephews who live all over the United States.

She came to the U.S. in 1988 and lived with her sister, Maria Santos and family until 1997, when she moved to a group home under the care of Rainbow Adult Living where she lived until her death.

She loved wearing hats of all kinds, singing Beatles songs she knew by heart, Filipino songs from her childhood, listening to the Jackson 5, watching the Disney or Nickelodeon channels all day and night, wearing necklaces, watches, bracelets, and baubles.

Ms. Kabigting loved to go on outings especially with her family. She enjoyed celebrating birthdays of friends at Old Spaghetti Factory. She enjoyed shopping, eating out especially to Chinese restaurants, going to the zoo, to the coast, and out of state for family gatherings. She overcame her fear of being on an airplane and visited Disneyland, San Diego Zoo, and saw Michael Jackson’s show in Las Vegas.

Ms. Kabigting’s laughter and sense of humor and her smile (even if it was fake), her childlike innocence and pure spirit were special. She gave great hugs and cared about her housemates. Despite physical challenges, she rarely complained. She was friendly, always first to break the ice by asking, “What’s your name?” and then saying, “Hi!”.

Ms. Kabigting will be missed by her family, her caring staff, and her housemates.

Donations in her memory may be directed to St. John the Baptist Church. (