Maxima Y. Chua, a retired state accountant and a mother who valued education enough to bring her six daughters to Baltimore from the Philippines, died Wednesday at Renaissance Gardens at Charlestown in Catonsville.
The 64-year-old Catonsville resident had been in a coma, suffering from Parkinson's disease, diabetes and heart disease.
Maxima Tampus was born in Cebu, in the province of Mactan in the Philippines.
She met Dionsio B. Chua when they were both students at Cebu College, where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in commerce in 1961. Two years later, she passed the board to become a certified public accountant. She married Mr. Chua in 1964.
While she worked as an accountant at a private insurance company, her husband worked as an assistant manager at a bank. He and his family moved from one province to another because of that job until he accepted a position in Marbel in the late 1960s.
There, Mrs. Chua helped her husband with their office supply business, Philippine General Sales and Service. She also worked as an accountant for other businesses and taught accounting at Notre Dame of Marbel University.
She was president of the Catholic Women's League and the Lionaids Club of Marbel City.
She and her husband decided that the family should move to the United States, and in 1975, Mr. Chua went ahead to look for work in Baltimore.
Maria Cora Tracy of Annapolis, the couple's fourth daughter, said her parents thought this country had better opportunities.
"My parents valued education," she said. Her father "came here with a wish and $500 in his pocket." After working three accounting jobs, Mr. Chua brought his family to Baltimore in November 1976, she said.
Mrs. Chua stayed with the girls at their home in Park Heights before finding a job doing bookkeeping for a construction company, her husband said. The family eventually settled in Catonsville.
A devout Roman Catholic, Mrs. Chua enrolled her children at the school at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart. She also pursued her love of gardening.
In 1983, Mrs. Chua began a career as an accountant at the state Department of Assessments and Taxation in Baltimore. She retired in 2001.
Mr. Chua said his wife was proud of raising their children to be successful professionals and mothers.
"She had this pioneering spirit, a good sense of humor and courage," Mr. Chua said.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Friday at Our Lady of the Angels Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.
Mrs. Chua is also survived by five other daughters: Maria Lily Elza of Polacca, Ariz., Maria Flor Jackson of Pasadena, Maria Cleu Coene of Moline, Ill., Maria Cita Chua of Catonsville and Maria Cristy Daab of Crownpoint, N.M.; four sisters, Rizalina Cabahug of the Philippines, Josefa Montesclaros of New Jersey, Ester Paderanga of Glen Burnie and Lourdes Legara of the Philippines; two brothers, Raymundo Ycong of Orlando, Fla., and Lorenzo Ycong of the Philippines; six granddaughters; and one grandson.