Tribute to Estela Cottle, My Mother

Monday May 1, 2017

Estela Cottle is a self-made woman, a nutritionist, chief dietician, manager, chef, surgery tech, and now a Skin Care Specialist. A multi-talented mom who never stops changing and re-inventing herself. She used to work long hours, but now, she slows down and enjoy this new chapter in her life, in which she enjoys the most.

She looks at each day as a gift from God and wants to fulfill her mission in life – to give love, spread love, be of help to others, and share her faith in God.

Joan Roy – Daughter,

Estela Cottle was always known as the Angel of Beauty in the San Fernando Valley, but to me and my sisters, mom is always the mother who knew how to sacrifice. We had our ups and down when our parents separated when we were young, and it was quite difficult to grasp when I was little when mom chose to stay in the US and leave us back in the Philippines. This has cost a rift between my mom and dad. We didn’t know the struggles she had to go through because we were blessed to have a privilege life, we were blessed because our dad has his own company. Proving to her family in the United States that she can make it on her own and start anew was not an easy task. She braved odd jobs just make ends meet, and that’s a very strong quality that I wish I can have. The endurance she had to go through simply amazes me.

When I decided to live in the United States myself, I had fond memories where she would always cook for me, making sure that I would eat my favorite dishes. Despite that she had left her first love; being a chef, we were never remise of this great skill. Being brought up in the Philippines for half my life, and the privilege of having a cook, I never learned to cook anything until I met my husband. I would call my mother up and we would spend hours talking about how to make certain dishes, I will never forget when she helped me bake my then boyfriend’s favorite dish, ‘meatloaf ’ that won his heart, we got engaged within a year and the rest is history… As a proud Kapangpangan, her culinary prowess has always been over the top. Winning everyone’s approval, so when I learned to cook, I cook with all the love, like how my mom does.

She has always had a servant’s heart, she would serve the church early morning and it was a great virtue, I always wondered where I got my passion for volunteering and I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Now that I have a family of my own, I cherish, my mom even more. You see, she’s not perfect, but I never wanted for her to be. She loves my kids so dearly and they admire her so much. She’s the hip grandma, who always treats her grandchildren to a shopping spree, the always fashionable mom that I’ve known… Thank you mom, for being an inspiration, I love dearly…

Jacqueline Lovely R. Perez, Daugther –

You might say I am biased because she is my mother, but the person I am now is because of her… strong, caring and loving. Many people look up to me because they say I am a wonderwoman, I never get tired of working or doing things for other people… but I always say “you should see what my mother can do”…. She is the most selfless person in the world to me and I love her with all my heart and soul. She is my hero because not only did she give life to me, but she is my strength in my times of weakness. Her words of positivity and care help me survive the darkest parts of my life and for that I will give up everything and anything for her. My mother is the epitome of what a mother should be, but she is more than that. She is the mother everybody wants to have because her love is contagious, but we only have one mother in our lifetime and I’m proud and lucky that she is mine 🙂

Krystal Cottle, Daughter –

Estela Cottle is not only one of the most caring people I know, but she is selfless, devoted and hard working. I am not biased due to the fact that she brought me into this world, I have just gotten the chance to witness her love first hand for the past twenty-six years of my life. She has a spirit that can light up a room even on the darkest day. She shows genuine concern for people and she truly does care about everyone that has stepped foot in her life. I am proud to have such an inspirational woman to look up to and as an added bonus I get to call her Mom.

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