Zayda was born in the Philippines on December 29, 1942. She was the daughter of Iluminada and Sinforoso Pascual, and sister of Briccio B. Pascual and Manuel R.B. Pascual. Her grandmother saved her life by hiding her during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.
Zayda graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. She worked as a college professor, computer programmer, entrepreneur and Q&A consultant. She lived all over the world – from the Philippines to San Francisco, Brussels, Concord, California, Brazil and finally Shasta County, California. While in Shasta, she lost her best friend and love, as well as her home, in a fire. Then she moved to Canyon Lake.
Zayda’s daughter describes her as resilient, independent and free spirited. All of those who knew her would agree that was a marvelous description.
Zayda’s hobbies included chair volleyball, Mah Jongg, dancing, gardening and organizing. She was the booth coordinator on the Fiesta Day Committee, and served on the CLPOA Activities and Finance Committees. She was also a member of the Elks Club.
Zayda is survived by her daughter, Zorayda Guintu, and son, Gerald G. Guintu; daughter-in-law, Jill Wagner; and many nieces and nephews.
Her services are Saturday, August 6, at 11 a.m. in the chapel at Canyon Lake Community Church. A luncheon will follow.