You are invited to attend Sunday & Monday services
for Helen F. Chavez, wife of Cesar Chavez
Helen Fabela Chavez, 88, who played a vital role helping her husband give birth to what became the first enduring farm workers union in U.S. history—and sustained him during the 31 years he led the United Farm Workers of America—passed away of natural causes on Monday, June 6 at San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield surrounded by many of her seven surviving children, 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Details of services were announced Tuesday, June 7, by the Chavez family. Helen will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument at La Paz in Keene. You are invited to join the Chavez family to celebrate Helen's life and contributions. It is strongly recommended you be sure to attend the 6 p.m. Sunday Rosary and all-night vigil because capacity at the church during the Monday morning Mass and especially at the Memorial Garden for the burial is very limited.
· 6 p.m., Sunday, June 12, 2016—Rosary and all-night vigil at the Villa La Paz Conference and Education Center, 29700 Woodford-Tehachapi Rd., Keene, CA 93531. (Villa La Paz is on the far north side of the 187-acre grounds of the National Chavez Center in Keene.)
· 9 a.m., Monday, June 13, 2016—Mass of Christian Burial, St. Malachy Catholic Church, 407 West E St., Tehachapi, CA 93561. (St. Malachy, Cesar and Helen Chavez’s parish in Tehachapi, is 10 miles southeast of Keene off Hwy. 58.)
· Immediately following—Burial next to Cesar Chavez’s grave in the Memorial Garden of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, also at 29700 Woodford-Tehachapi Rd., Keene, CA 93531. (The Memorial Garden is adjacent to the Visitor Center, the first large structures seen after entering the grounds.)
As space will be limited, please RSVP TODAY for planning purposes and let us know specifically which days and parts of the ceremonies you will be attending. We encourage people to carpool as parking will be limited.
* In lieu of flowers the Chavez family requests that people donate to the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the UFW.