August 25, 2022
Helen Joann Cecelia Montez Gaona passed away on August 9 in Baton Rouge, LA following a brief illness. She was born in Tulare, California on November 22, 1941 to Jenny and Joseph Montez. She married Pete Gaona on February 18, 1961. They spent their lives living, working and raising their children in Bakersfield, CA. Eventually, they retired in Gonzales, LA with their youngest daughter and family.
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Anthony and Joe; and great-grandson Brock (infant). She is survived by a brother, John (Delores) Montez; sisters Caroline (Dan) Harris and Rebecca (Mike) O'Hearn. Her three children Yvonne (Jeff) Moberg, Christopher (Christie) Gaona and Pamela (Jason) Jordan. Her seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.