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Georgette Mongaya Beltran

My mom, Georgette Mongaya Beltran, was born in 1941, during a turbulent time in the Philippines. She had a gift for music and had a golden voice. During the Japanese retreat in 1945, at 4 years old, she was made to sing the Japanese national anthem for a platoon of IJA soldiers. They were impressed. She was the second youngest of 12 siblings of the Mongaya family. She was an ice candy vendor, kindergarten teacher, radio host for a children’s program, choir conductor, singer, pianist, music producer, record and CD artist, composer, painter, magna cum laude in psychology, health benefits coordinator for the state of Maryland, and an ordained Protestant minister. In 1980, she became a U.S. Army Captain. She and my dad, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Frank J. Beltran, were the first husband and wife U.S. Army chaplain team in the Armed Forces. She was as generous as they come. Her grandchildren were the apple of her eye. On the morning of June 9, 2022, she was called home. Now 82 years later, the world is again in a turbulent time. This time it will have to endure without her earthly presence. Paul Beltran works in the Information Technology Department at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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