Purita Aguirre Darang, 79, devout teacher who served her community for more than 35 years

Purita Aguirre Darang
Purita Aguirre Darang

Purita Aguirre Darang, 79, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Purita, also known as “Meemaw,” was born in the Philippines and was preceded in death by her parents, Principio G. and Priscilla C. Aguirre; loving husband of 51 years, Wilfredo O. Darang; brothers, Genaro, Arturo and Oscar Aguirre; and sister-in-law, Yolanda.

She was a devout teacher, serving her community for over 35 years in the public school system (Virginia Beach and Norfolk), Tagalog classes and CCD. Purita was a longtime member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. She was an active member of the Pangasinan Association of Virginia, United Ilocano Association of Tidewater, Hiram Club, SCAPA, FANHS of Hampton Roads and volunteered at the Sandler Center.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her daughters, Wilita Schools (Todd) and Wilma Howes (Heath); son, Wilfred Darang (Kelly); grandchildren, Garrett Lassiter, Zoe Mathis (William), Alaina Eley (C.J.), Ava Schools, Jacob Seib, Sophia Darang, Hamilton Howes and Wheeler Howes; great-grandson, Maghnus; siblings, Nancy A. Dimaano (Emmanuel) and Romeo C. Aguirre (Gloria); sisters-in-law, Elsa and Jennifer Aguirre; Virginia family, Jon Dimaano and Didi Klink (Travis), and their children; and a multitude of family and friends.

Please come celebrate Purita’s zest for life by wearing your most festive attire and bling! The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., with the novena beginning at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. Interment will be held in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with a reception to follow.

Share online condolences with the family at Woodlawn Funeral Home.

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