|Birth:||12 July 1911|
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
|Death:||7 January 2020|
Ewa Beach, Hawaii, USA
|Age:||108 years, 179 days|
Margarita Agullana Tabag (12 July 1911 – 7 January 2020) was a Filipino-American centenarian who was the was the oldest known person in Hawaii at the time of her death.
Margarita Tabag was born in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines on 12 July 1911. Her mother also lived past 100. She went to school through the sixth grade, which was a big accomplishment for a girl of that era in that rural community.
She married Francisco Agullana and had four children: Elena, Eddie, Jessie and Tessie. Her husband was one of the many Filipino men who went to work overseas to support his family. He worked first on Guam, sending home his paycheck to his wife and children. Francisco came to work in Hawaii in the early 1960s. She moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in September 1963 to attend her husband Francisco’s funeral.
She worked at Abo Laundry servicing the airlines industry where she retired from after 10 years of service. She married Pedro Tabag in July 1967.
In her later years, she lived for a time with her son Jessie in California, but always asked to come back to Hawaii. After Jessie died, her three surviving children brought her back to Hawaii.
Tabag became the oldest known living person in Hawaii on 17 April 2019, aged 107, following the death of 108-year-old Margaret O’Connor. Her second great-great-grandchild, 2-year-old Owen, shared the same birthdate (12 July).
Margarita Tabag died in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, USA on 7 January 2020 at the age of 108 years, 179 days. She is survived by three children Elena Montero, Eddie Agullana and Tessie Freer; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Following her death, Wong Tung Lai (born 1913) became the oldest known person in Hawaii.
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- Margarita Agullana Tabag Obituary Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 21 January 2020