In Memory of Antonette Lim, June 9, 1945–August 3, 2016
By Leilani Lim-Villegas
Antonette Lim was born in Dagupan City in the Philippines. Her journey brought her to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she proudly became a naturalized Mexican citizen. She had it all: brains and beauty. As a child she was the president of Girl Scouts. As a teenager, she was crowned “Miss Christmas” at her hometown beauty pageant. In her 30s she was awarded “Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year” by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce. She was a scholar for the University of the Philippines and was appointed to represent her country at a research and development symposium in Canada. Antonette was selected a second time to be the representative of Hong Kong at the International Acupuncture Convention in Canada to provide the newest discoveries of natural and alternative medicine. She was the editor of Leuay Uay Publication, a magazine in the Philippines and was featured in Vogue magazine for her health and beauty spa in Mexico. She was also the director of the Sunday School program at St. Paul’s Church during the leadership of Dean Nancy Underwood.
In San Miguel de Allende, Antonette was known for two things: owner of The Spa at Miguel de Allende Hotel and, most importantly, founder of SOME, which stands for So Others May Eat, operating here since 1989. This charitable organization began in her native country of the Philippines, where at a very early age Antonette got involved in visiting old age homes to distribute food with her grandmother. When Joe married Antonette, he became a partner in this family tradition, and this cause traveled with them from the Philippines to Canada and finally to San Miguel de Allende, where they have lived for the past 30 years. Every Wednesday at noon for the past 27 years, a soup kitchen for the elderly has been run by volunteers at the town square courtyard behind the Parroquia Church. Ten percent of the proceeds from the hotel and spa are devoted to SOME. In 2011, Joe and Antoinette Lim received the “Citizens of the Year” award from Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende Midday for “Service Above Self,” followed by an honorable mention by CNN as “Heroes of the Year.”
Antonette has touched thousands of lives all over the world. Her devotion to community service is the legacy she leaves her family and the people of San Miguel de Allende. She was laid to rest at the Jardines Nueva Vida Cemetery and is survived by Joe Lim, her husband of 49 years; daughters Lizette Lim, Marilyn Lim-Carreon, Leilani Lim-Villegas, and Dr. Grace Joanne Lim; sons-in-law Edwin Goldstein Carreon and Dr. Francisco Meléndez; and her five beloved grandsons Sean Lee Lim, Ethen Matthew Carreon, Eadriean Mark Carreon, Leizandre D’Angelo Villegas Lim, and Estéfano Dominic Villegas Lim. For those who wish to support the SOME feeding program, kindly donate checks via mail or deliver in person to SOME, The Spa at San Miguel del Allende, Recreo 38, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, 37700.