Bella T Dela Pena, 62, passed away surrounded by close family at Mercy Medical Center on the evening of January 21st, 2021.
She was born in the city of Baguio in the Philippines on November 25, 1958 and grew up with four sisters. Bella completed her BS Nursing degree at Saint Louis University and worked at St Louis Hospital where she met her soon to be husband Nick who was training as a doctor. She immigrated to New York in 1986 to work as a registered nurse at a number of hospitals. She married Dr. Nicolas Dela Pena in Merced, CA on September 8, 1990 at Our Lady of Mercy Church. They resided in New Jersey for another 17 years while she worked as an emergency department nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital, NY. She was an RN BSN for over 30 years.
She gave birth to Gabrielle Marie, her first daughter on November 29, 1994 and permanently moved to Merced in 1997. She and her husband, Dr. Nicolas De La Pena opened their medical practice in 2001; which she co-managed. She was blessed with her younger daughter Cassandra Belle on 25 September 2003.
She was a loving mother, a dedicated wife and a supportive sister. She also worked hard, took charge of things and was always dependable and pragmatic. She will be lovingly remembered for her wit, candor and humor. She knew how to make us laugh and she always had our back. She will be deeply missed.
Bella is survived by her husband, Dr. Nicolas Dela Pena, her two daughters, Gabrielle Marie and Cassandra Belle and her three sisters.
She is preceded in death by her parents and younger sister, Lolie.
Visitation will be on January 29th, 2021 at Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home from 3pm-9pm. Funeral services will be held on January 30th, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 10 AM.
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