Eden Guevara Baradi, a longtime Montauk resident who was married to the late Filipino ambassador, Mauro Baradi, died in her sleep at her house in Montauk on Saturday. She was 101.
Born to Sabino Guevara and the former Macaria Teodoro in Metro-Manila, Philippines, on June 12, 1910, she attended the Fashion Institute of Design-Philippines.
In 1929, working in a shoe factory, she saved a nickel a week until she had enough money to buy a lottery ticket in the 100,000-peso national lottery. Her ticket was the winning ticket, and when her picture appeared in the newspaper, her future husband became enamored, her family said.
She had many suitors, but in Mr. Barardi’s case it was true love. In 1935, after six years of courtship, Mr. Barardi learned that he was being assigned as the Filipino senator to the United States, and told her, “If you want to see me, you’ll have to come with me,” said her daughter Perla B. Spanskie of Long Beach. The two eloped on April 5, 1935, and had a church wedding three days later.
They spent the war years in the occupied Philippines. After the war, they moved to New York, where Mr. Baradi became the Filipino representative to the United Nations.
From the late 1950s to 1977, the Baradis traveled throughout Africa, setting up the first Filipino embassy on the continent in Lagos, Nigeria, with Mr. Baradi serving as Filipino ambassador to Africa, Mrs. Spanskie said. During that time, they shuttled between Africa, New York City, and the Philippines.
Mr. Baradi died in 1979.
Every year since then, Mrs. Baradi made a point of spending half her time in the Philippines with her younger sister, Juliana Tactacan, who is 99.
She was a member of the Eastern Star, a Masonic organization.
Mrs. Baradi moved to Montauk 17 years ago to be with her daughter Patria B. Pacis and her son-in-law, Camilo Pacis.
“She loved to lunch and play bingo at the playhouse,” Mrs. Pacis said. “She loved the concerts at the library. She loved to play mah-jongg. She lived life fully. She enjoyed life.”
“She did not believe in taking much medication. She was a feisty young lady,” Mrs. Pacis said.
Besides her sister and her two daughters, she is survived by her sons, Mauro Baradi Jr. of Manhattan and Jose G. Baradi of Quezon City, Philippines, and by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at the Montauk Community Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Bill Hoffmann leading the service. Mrs. Baradi, who was cremated, will be interred in the Baradi mausoleum in Metro-Manila at a future date.
The family has suggested memorial donations in Mrs. Baradi’s name to the Montauk Community Church, P.O. Box 698, Montauk 11954, the Montauk Playhouse, P.O. Box 1612, Montauk, or the Montauk Medical Center, 699 Montauk Highway, Montauk.