Angelica Sacro Kelly, born on January 22, 1961, in Baybay, Leyte, province of the Philippines, peacefully passed away on August 7, 2023, at Taylor House UnityPoint Hospice, at the age of 62.
Angelica's life revolved around her children. After marrying a young sailor in 1981 she celebrated the birth of her first American-born child a year later. In January 1984, they relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she discovered a newfound sense of peace. She relished moments in Waikiki, cherished her bowling victories with trophies adorning her living room, and made SPAM-infused fried rice a new and cherished family tradition. In 1990, she moved to the mainland, to be closer to her sister in Virginia, before eventually putting down roots in Iowa, where she remained until her passing.
Angelica's home was a haven for her children and all their friends. While humble, it was always a place of warmth, laughter, love, and the comfort of homemade Filipino meals. Her candid and caring disposition, complemented by her sharp wit and nurturing ways, endeared her to everyone fortunate enough to know her. Her door was always open, ready for heartfelt conversations, comforting hugs, or simply slice of her famous pineapple upside-down cake. Motherhood and becoming a grandmother brought her boundless happiness. Her absence leaves a profound void in the lives of her family, friends, and the many "adopted" sons whose lives she touched.
She is survived by her husband Mark Cowles; Son and family: Armando Sacro, Daughter, and family: Jovilyn Sacro, Son and family; Christopher, Susan, Malia Kelly, and Grace Murphy. Daughter: Marie Kelly, Daughter, and family: Shauna, Keyshia Gilchrist, and Artee Jesse Smith III. Sister and family: Bernadette and Jason Berry. Niece and family: Kathyline, Travis, Sophia, and Aubrianna Dally. Stepdaughter and family: Jhana, Megan, Josh, and Charlie Richardson. Angelica was preceded in death by her father Carmilo Sacro and her stepson Joseph Richardson.