Remembering Helen Fabela Chavez: Sign the online condolence card to the Chavez family


Keene, Calif.—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 Cesar Chavez during the 31 years he led the United Farm Workers of America—passed away on Monday, June 6, at a Bakersfield hospital surrounded by many her seven surviving children, 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Helen, a humble girl from Delano, used her fierce determination to help change the lives of thousands of farm workers and millions of others who were inspired by La Causa. Born Helen Fabela on Jan. 21, 1928 in the Imperial Valley town of Brawley, her family lived into a converted horse barn outside McFarland before moving to Delano. She met Cesar in the mid-1940s, they were married in 1948 after his discharge from the U.S. Navy and they had eight children: Fernando, Sylvia, Linda, Eloise, Anna, Paul, Elizabeth and Anthony.

Cesar and Helen left a comfortable middle-class life in East Los Angeles in 1962, and moved back to Delano to begin organizing farm workers. Enduring greats hardship, Helen often had to raise the children by herself while Cesar was on the road. She returned to fieldwork while Cesar organized up and down California’s vast Central Valley; on weekends Cesar and some of the older children joined her.

Quiet and humble but fiercely determined and strong willed, Helen didn’t speak in public or talk with reporters, but she held deep convictions. In September 1965, while members of Cesar’s young Latino union debated whether or not to join a grape strike begun that month by members of a largely Filipino union, Helen in her quiet, no-nonsense way, settled the debate by asking, “Are we a union or not?”

Her consistent humility, selflessness, quiet heroism and fiery perseverance were at the heart of the movement she helped build.

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*** Helen’s legacy has affected so many people. We ask that you please share your personal memories of Helen with us  or a message to the Chavez family by leaving a “reply” below. Viva Helen F. Chavez!

347 Responses to Remembering Helen Fabela Chavez: Sign the online condolence card to the Chavez family

  1. Descansa en paz, Helen.

    • Ruben Alvarado says:

      May Helen rest in peace along side her beloved and heroic husband Cesar. God bless.

    • Rosita Guzman says:

      When I was small we were migrant farmworkers. I remember traveling to picking crops in the Midwest. I live here in St. Louis, Missouri and attended St. Louis University where there’s a large Campus Ministry and where I met your great Husband two times who shared about the U.F.W. and we supported the Union from here in many ways. I read your history and I wish I could have met you too. God has a special place for people like you and Cesar and you will forever be in my prayers and will continue mt support for the Union, Thank you.

    • Ernest Velasquez says:

      It is with a heavy heart that I send my condolence to all the members of the extended families ; Chavez,Estrada,Fabela,Delgado, Villarino;Ybarra Huerta. To me, Helen was The Mother of the movement She is now with Cesar and Linda. May she rest in peace.
      Ernie and Elly Velasquez

    • Alex Doss says:

      Condolences to the family of Helena Chavez. Our people in Malaysia of Indian Tamil origins still struggle today on the rubber and palm oil plantations we toiled over the past 100 years. May your legacy continue strong and spread to other parts of the globe for workers rights. Makkal Sakti (People Power)! Si Se Puede!

    • John Neubauer says:

      Our highest respect to Helen Chavez for her support of Cesar, her family and the United Farm Workers. May you rest in peace.

    • Daniel Jones says:

      Mr and Mrs Chavez were a force in my life. They helped shape me into the person and politico that I am today. I spent much of my youth as a young man in the area around Delano, Los Banos, Merced and Porterville where their influence was palpable. May they rest in peace from their life-long struggles on behalf of all of us.

    • Delores Tyre says:

      Two heroic souls! Rest in peace!

    • John Deegan, o.s.a. says:

      Around 1975 the Augustinians were privileged to host Caesar and Helen in our Friary in Philadelphia. I had planned on rising early to make sure our guest had coffee and something for breakfast. When I got to the kitchen, Helen was already making coffee and had done the dishes from the night before.
      She was truly a humble and loving woman. May she rest in peace!
      Fr. Jack Deegan, O.S.A.

    • Susan Ross says:

      Helen and all her family are in my heart and prayers –
      may the good work done by you and Caesar continue to inspire, engage, and benefit all beings!

    • Patricia Herbert says:

      Thank God for this Blessed Family. Peace

    • Diane Beeny says:

      Thank you, Helen, for committing your life to working for a better life and conditions for immigrants and workers and for all you have done to inspire others!!!

      Helen Fabela Chavez – Presente!

    • Sal Valdez says:

      Helen’s constant strength is of personal inspiration to me.

    • John Wienert says:

      She is remembered as a great woman by all.

    • Jane Zeni says:

      With sadness and joy we remember the life of Helen Chavez. As a first-year teacher in Philadelphia (1968), I assigned the book “Delano.” Several students and I picketed groceries for the grape boycott. Paz!

  2. May you rest in the loving hands of your maker and the love of your life, Cesar!

  3. Robert Wullenschneider says:

    Now you have joined the other Saints in heaven, incl your husband

  4. Sherrie Brassard says:

    Rest in Peace. Thank you for your lifetime of sacrifice and dedication.

  5. Tracy Griswold says:

    Death is nothing more than a horizon and a horizon nothing more save the limit our sight. Cross over, see Cesar again and be at peace.

  6. Christian Gerlach says:

    A la familia y los decendentes de la Senora Helen Chavez,

    Gracias por aver hecho todo lo que haz hecho Helen, por mis familiares en los campos, y por la justicia social. Ojala que los ezfuersos a que me eh dedicado de protejer la agua, la tierra, y el futuro de la humanidad, son lo suficiente para agradecer le sus actos y los de Cesar. Que en paz descansas.

    Con todso mi amor y respetos a la gran vida a que te haz dedicado,

    Christian Francisco Bogarin Gerlach,

  7. Maureen Walsh says:

    Mi más sentido pésame.

  8. Alejandro Flores says:

    Respect to all you did for all of humanity.

  9. Paula Legault says:

    She is my hero.

  10. monica nelson says:

    We all know the saying, “Behind every great man there is a great woman.” It certainly is true regarding Helen.

  11. Thank you to Helen Fabela Chavez and all in the family working for justice.

  12. Paula Shafransky says:

    Condolences to the family and a huge thank you for standing up for what is right.

  13. June Lovejoy says:

    What an incredible, committed and inspiring duo. Thank you!!! (I know you’re getting this message and feeling my gratitude)

  14. Fannielee Lowe says:

    Thank you for your strong, quiet, fiercely determined light to your husband, your family and our country. May your spirit soar.

  15. Enell Foerster says:

    RIP, a well earned reunion with your beloved after a long journey together on this earth.

  16. Bev Thomas says:

    your mom and dad were wonderful people who leave you with an enduring and Godly legacy

  17. Helen O'Regan says:

    Thank you, Helen, for the witness of fidelity and true solidarity. May you and your husband rejoice in Christ’s Heart now.

  18. Sending my deepest sympathy and condolences.

  19. Alex Stavis says:

    You and your husband were a great inspiration to the world.

    As such, we will miss you.

    But at the same time, we will cherish both of you for what you did to help so, so many people.

    Respectfully yours,

    Alex Stavis

  20. Jerry W Goodwin says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. Thank you to Cesar and Helen Chavez for your tireless and courageous efforts on behalf of farm workers.

  21. Dane and Sherrie Faber says:

    Heaven has gained another angel, and Helen has joined her beloved for eternal happiness. The world has lost a champion and an inspiration to live by. May God be with your family at your time of grief. Our thoughts are with you all.

  22. Mr. Steven R. Ovalle says:

    Rest In Peace, Ms. Helen (Fabela) Chavez, (Y descansa en paz, Dona Helen (Fabela) Chavez, amen (a-daa-men).

  23. Rebecca Calva says:

    Mrs.Chavez was a beautiful reflection of God’s purpose for us, here on earth. Her hard work, and fierce dedication to family,and farm workers, will long be remembered. May she rest in peace.

  24. Debbie Thomas says:

    Rest in peace, Helen. What a remarkable wife, mother, grandmother, woman you were!

  25. Simone Swan says:

    Deep respect to a heroic, unflinching, devoted lady, with thanks for her example. simone swan

  26. Veronica castillo says:

    My prayer to all family

  27. John larocque says:


  28. Richard Nochimson says:

    Helen and Cesar Chavez were very special people, very important to so many, and to our country.

  29. l r says:

    Rest in Peace!

    You and your husband served your fellow man as the Bible teaches and few people do.

    Thank you for bringing greater justice to hardworking people.

    May you and your family be blessed.

  30. John H Kraemer says:

    God love you for what you and your husband did!

  31. Mari Rose Taruc says:

    Being an organizer myself, I am humbled by the unsung heroes (often women) that keep the family together through the struggle. You are one of my sheroes, Mrs Chavez. The movement owes you much gratitude.

  32. Jan Van Dusen says:

    What a remarkable matriarch you had in your family. Thanks to the Chavez family for sharing Helen and Cesar Chavez with the world, and for the sacrifices the family made to create and nurture the movement.

  33. Caroline Darst says:

    RIP and thank you for all that you have done. Caroline Darst

  34. Rosa Knolton says:

    I pray for peace and strength for the family,,,the Angels are singing in heaven welcoming her in,,,with God.

  35. Harley Armentrout says:

    I remember as a teenager in Denver in the early 60’s hearing the name Cesar Chavez on the news. I don’t remember anyone I knew ever telling me so, but even as a young white boy I was aware that La Raza was a just cause.

  36. Hadi Jam says:

    May She rest in peace.

  37. Ken Greenwald says:

    Bless you for everything you did. For your husband and for the people.

  38. Darlene Lovell says:

    Rest in peace!!

  39. Joseph Fong says:

    Dear Chavez Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Helen Chavez will be remembered forever. What a beautiful tribute to a remarkable woman and role model whose life-long service has changed this country for the better. May God blessg the entire family, Helen and Cesar. Viva Helen Chavez!!

  40. Judith Nickels says:

    If this woman is not a saint I don’t know who is. I honor her!

  41. Patrick Bonner says:

    Rest in Peace, Helen. And condolences to all the family.

  42. Roberta Zur says:

    Thank you whole heartedly. You and Cesar and many others worked so hard for all the American people.
    RIP and may you be reunited with Cesar.

  43. Bernadette Sullivan says:

    Thank you for spending your life helping others, Mrs. Chavez! My father was a proud supporter of United Farms Workers and loved your husband… which meant he loved you, too! RIP

  44. Deanna Homer says:

    What a great legacy Cesar and Helen have left! We are thankful for them and all their good work.

  45. Jose L. Villegas, Sr. says:

    May Our Blessed Mother Nuestra Senora De Guadalupe with her scented roses show her ultimate love to Helen Fabela Chavez soul and accept her soul without reservations. Now, she can rest and enjoy the peace and gentleness with all the angel’s surrounding her in heaven. May God continue to bless her children, grand-children and great-grandchildren on earth and keep them safe under His special graces. Here in New Mexico, I will light a velita for both of the souls of Cesar Estrada and Helen Fabela Chavez. We will continue to work on the legacy of Cesar Estrada Chavez and Helen Fabella Chavez work with the United Farm Workers of America from here on. Bendiciones. Jose L. Villegas, Sr.

  46. Jean McKay says:

    Sincere Condolences to the Chavez Family.

  47. Ken and Donna Bubb says:

    Our hearts go out in love to the Chavez family with the passing of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Helen was a very dear friend in the 60s when the Union was young, a wonderful inspiration and companion on the early morning picket lines. Viva la Causa! Viva la Union! Viva the memory of Cesar and Helen!

    The Bubb Family
    Henderson, NV

  48. My heart is sadden by the loss of a great and inspiring woman. My condolences to the family.

  49. I help sign the petitions to further humanity and all its causes. I’m so sorry for your passing. God give you rest. We will continue your legacy to protect enrich and help humanity endure the struggles of our earth and its dangers. God be with you and protect your loved ones.

  50. RIP. My sincere condolences to Helen’s family. She was mother to many. My mother’s name was Helen. Blessings and gratitude for Helen’s and Cesar’s work.

  51. Lydia Cortez says:

    Peace, acceptance and a caring legacy for the Chavez Family to carry on. Que descansado en paz, Helen al lado de César.

  52. Maria Kellner, SSJ says:

    May Helen enjoy the sight of God and her dearly beloved husband!. She fits the adage: “Behind every great man is a good woman. “

  53. Beverly Foster says:

    True heroes, she and her husband. Their legacies live on! Thank you for the revolution.

  54. Helen was a powerful, quiet force. I felt so honored to meet her in her home as the UFW considered making me its intellectual property lawyer, and her ok on that was a thrill! I was amazed that year after year she would recognize and acknowledge me at events, even though our time together had been so brief and I was not of great significance to her. It simply showed what an amazing woman she was, and how much compassion and strength she lent to the movement. Her passing is a loss for all who remain, and a singularly poignant one for her family. For the family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your grief be lifted with the knowledge she can finally rest. She is at peace, and well deservedly. She made her incomparable contributions. We who remain must carry on.

  55. Nidal Barakat says:

    May God Bless her RIP, our prayers goes out to all the honorable people whom had served humanity

    From Gaza, Palestine to Delano, California.

    Viva La Causa

  56. Juan Salazar says:

    My condolences to all the family.

  57. Khaleeq Kaashif says:

    May the Almighty Creator God continue to bestow His Blessings on Brother Cesar and Sister Helen for their great humanitarian example…

  58. Bob Freeborn says:

    Cesar Chavez has always been one of my heroes. Today I found out that his beautiful wife, Helen, is one of my heroes too. Thank you for your generosity and bravery, Helen. Rest in peace. – Bob Freeborn

  59. jolly sue baker says:

    Thank you for all you did to make America a better, more caring place for many people to live and work.

  60. Carol Preston says:

    Condolences to all her family and friends. May the example of her life inspire others and may she rest in peace.

  61. A life well lived. Our condolences to the Chavez family. ~The Birmingham Peace Project

  62. Mary Stewart says:

    May God comfort the family of Cesar y Helen in this time of sorrow. May the knowledge that many people are praying for you and thanking the Chavez family for their work and sacrifice for the good of others.

  63. Mary Flynn says:

    Dear Helen, may la Virgencita de Guadalupe receive you with much joy in Heaven and reunite you with your beloved Cesar. The angels will smile with great happiness at the reunion of this beautiful couple who did such amazing work on earth.

    Heartfelt condolences to their beautiful family. God bless you, dear Chavez Family.

  64. Ramona Chacon says:

    Helen, It was wonderful knowing you and Cesar and your lovely family. There are so many beautiful memories of you. You are one of my heros. You are the reason Cesar was successful in building a union for farmworkers. On a personal level, thanks for teaching me how to make eggplant parmesan.

    I love you.


  65. Ellen Jaffe says:

    God Bless you for dedicating your life to making the world a better place for everyone.Heaven was made for you and Cesar.

  66. Victor Wittmann says:

    Bless you, and your sacrifice.

  67. Ian Raines says:

    Thank you for your hard work in making the world a better place. It takes strength. Much respect from the General Union, Osaka, Japan

  68. ecosanda says:

    I am so grateful for people like Cesar and Helen. They were a major inspiration in my life. Participating in the grape boycott when I was in college was probably my first social justice act which led to a lifetime of social and environmental justice activism.

  69. Rigoberto serrato says:

    Que en paz descanse, y ojala ya este en el cielo con su esposo Cesar Chavez!!!

  70. Kay Dellabella says:

    Please accept my profound sympathy in your loss. Your mother, grandmother, great grandmother was such a strong and beautiful woman, a fierce soul for human rights and justice.

  71. Dale Katzen says:

    People like Cesar and Helen make a huge difference in the lives of so many. May they always be remembered for their courage and accomplishments.

  72. Tina Flores says:

    I thank the family for sharing your Mother and Father with the World.
    I will always remember , one of our Cesar E Chavez Lifetime Achievment Community Awards, Helen was in the hospital with a broken arm and she was adamant about signing the awards herself, because she knew how much it meant to the awardees. She is a example of being Honest, Humble and Strong like the Ocean Wave.
    Presente Siempre Por La Causa!
    Oakland, California

  73. Linda R.Pesqueira says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Chavez Family from the family of the late Gilberto F.Rodriguez Brawley,Ca. May Helen RIP along with my dad and Cesar.

  74. Ricky Deering says:

    My sinsere condolences to the Chavez family.

  75. ida cousino says:

    ida Cousino The world was better with you here. Your family is in my thoughts .

  76. Randy Mendoza says:

    my deepest sympathies and respect for your loss, she seemed a strong woman and example to La Raza-Randy Mendoza

  77. RIP Beautiful Soul, you are now reunited with Cesar, Glory Be To God In The Highest!!
    My condolences to the family may you have Peace, Thank you for all you did for Nuestro Jente!!
    Si Se Puede y Viva La Raza
    You will Forever Live on Forever and Ever Forever!!!!

    Mardie (Martha) Rodriguez
    Casa Blanca(Riverside) Califa 92504

    De Parte de La Familia de Luz Vargas Gonzales Born 08-11-09 Passed away 08-17-75 Mi Abuelito may he RIP
    Thank you Cesar and Helen Chavez!

  78. Michael Jim Kurnosoff, Jr. says:

    Thank you for your hard work contributing towards improving the quality of life for everyone. Your efforts will not be forgotten.

    Thank you Helen!

  79. Kia says:

    I send my deepest condolences

  80. Janis Fensch says:

    I will simply repeat what many have said…the world is better that you and Cesar lived in it.

  81. Dwayne Johnson says:

    God bless

  82. Sara Leviten says:

    Thank you for so many years of great work! May you rest in peace.

  83. Daniel Patrick Gremillion',SR. says:

    May you rest in peace. Your hard work and love for others will be remembered for generations.

  84. Rachel Sanchez says:

    May your forever live on in the eyes of all who knew you, who heard about you, who learned about who you were and to all those who are yet to learn about you. I remember learning about Cesar Chavez in school..and I love explaining to my children who he was when they ask about him. The two of you were, and still are a great inspiration. We live in an agricultural area (Los Banos, Ca) and we see farmworkers, field workers almost all the time. My kids ask what they are doing out there in the fields and believe me, it sparks up an awesome conversation! A friend of mine has a picture of his grandfather (Dionicio “Chino” Vasquez) and Cesar Chavez in his living room…it’s an honor to even see the picture hanging in his home. May you forever rest in peace..and be together as one with Cesar.

  85. Lynn DeBroeck says:

    What an amazing woman! Our world is a better place because of her and Cesar. Surely she was beloved by God.

  86. Suzanne Deerlyjohnson says:

    God has another angel.

  87. Linda Schoppert says:

    Rest in the loving arms of Cesar up in heaven. Thank you for all you did for the farm workers and others. A legacy of love.

  88. Yvonne Gonzalez Duncan says:

    May you rest in PEACE with your beloved Cesar! Si Se Puede!

  89. Fermina says:

    My condolences……rip Helen……My grandfather marched with Cesar……

  90. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    Though I did not have the pleasure of knowing Helen Chavez, reading her obituary made me realize that she was a wonderful, strong, spirited and spiritual woman, who tirelessly fought for right. The world needs more people like her. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. But know that her spirit lives on, and that the fight for justice continues.

  91. Aida L. Sotelo says:

    I will cherish all of the times I spent at La Paz and going to Pan y Vino dinners where Gonzalo would make the carne asada and veggie asada and Helen would be there. I would always ask Helen for any stories she had about the early years in the struggle. Rest in Peace Helen.

  92. Alice Bowron says:

    Thank you so much for all you have done in life – now may you rest in the arms of the angels and our dear Savior Jesus Christ.

  93. Carmen Bendixen says:

    The world is better because of Helen–what an amazing, strong, and fierce woman! Rest in peace.

  94. John O'Brien says:

    My sincere condolences to the Chavez family and to all in the UFW.

  95. Everardo Vidales says:

    Nuestras mas sentidas condolencias para toda la familia Chavez, por esta perdida tan grande. Dios nuestro señor sabe lo que hace y ya no quiso que Helen siguiera sufriendo. Estoy completamente seguro que ya los tiene a los dos nuevamente juntos. Dios les de fuerzas a la familia para soportar todo esto, nuestras oraciones para ustedes por parte de mi familia

  96. Mimi Jennings says:

    Thanks and goodbye to Helen. She was a model of pure goodness.

  97. Tatanka Kit Bricca says:

    I am so grateful for your presence in our lives–with Cesar, with the Union, with your family and the greater community of supporters and humanity. I treasure the time we shared at 40 acres last year at the 50th anniversary event. We will honor your life with our continued commitment and service to the values and ideals that you and Cesar championed. Vaya con Dios!

  98. Rebecca says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Chavez Family,we met Helen once in a lifetime and she was gracious lady,her faith was unshaken and her love for Cesar was a love story.our prayers are with you .
    Sergio and Rebecca Flores

  99. Liza Velazquez says:

    Thank you for all you did. You helped so many ppl in this world.

  100. Janice Pulliam says:

    I thank all the Chavez family for the sacrifices they have made in order to make the world a better place for so many others. You have been an inspiration to me for decades. May the Light shine on Cesar, Helen, their children, and the UFW.

  101. sal munoz says:

    i was and still am touched by your and Caesar’s efforts.

  102. Michael Gnat says:

    Magnificent woman. We were all lucky to have her on this planet.

  103. Sending love and light to all of your relations. Much gratitude for a legacy of standing up for human rights.

  104. Mary Sanchez, UFW Hdqtrs 1973-75 says:

    Your serene courage and strength, your deep faith in the Lord and in Cesar and the UFW’s campesinos will always be remembered. Rest peacefully until we meet again.

  105. Leticia Landeros says:

    She was a strong women. She is now resting. Que Descanse end Psz. I am life long follower and a firmer farmwirker of your father and mother’s great work. Que Viva Helen.

  106. Lydia Morales says:

    Lydia Morales
    8 de juno, 2016

    Ay Elena, nadie sabe lo todo que hiciste para Cesar y en eso, lo que hiciste para tanta gente, soportándolos con dinero, comida, oraciones, risa, y palabras de amparo. Mil por mil gracias por todo.

    Oraciones para su familia y pienso que Cesar esta diciendo, “Bienvenida mi amor.”

  107. Jean Stockdale says:

    Thank you for inspiring me. Thank you for your courage, faith, and choosing to live without material wealth for the sake of pursuing a better life for all. God keep you and bless your children.

  108. Rashid Patch says:

    Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un! We belong to God, and to God we all return! May Allah Most Merciful grant Mercy to her soul, forgive her sins, erase her errors, and grant her an honored station in His Garden! Amin! – Imam Rashid Patch, Oakland CA

  109. Kimberly Tilton says:

    Thank you for your peaceful leadership. May you rest in peace…

  110. Julie Greenfield says:

    My deep condolences to the entire Chavez and the UFW family. Helen was an amazing woman who played a big role in the life of the UFW and of her family. She will be missed by many.

  111. Delia Garza Ortiz says:

    With deepest sympathy. My condolences to the family.

  112. My deepest gratitude for the inspiration that you and Cesar have been for most of my life.
    Thank you Helen Chavez. May you rest in peace. To the family, “Los acompano en su pesar.”

  113. Helen Chavez was a remarkable humanitarian who made tremendous sacrifices for the common good. How rare is that! What a wonderful source of strength and encouragement she must have been for Cesar. She’ll be greatly missed.

  114. Francisco Juarez-Cahue says:

    Viva Helen F. Chavez!

  115. Ben Goggins says:

    Rest in Peace, Helen, now with your beloved Cesar. I had the honor as a student at Catholic University to march with Cesar in Washington DC in the spring of 1968. Robert Kennedy visited our campus that morning and urged us to march with this humble and great man.

  116. Our deepest condolences to the Chavez family from Cuauhtemoc and Pat. We had the privilege of meeting Helen and she was the sweetest woman. We have gotten very close to her grandchildren Christine and Julie. We also are close to Arturo Rodriguez. They are all inspirational people we believe strongly in the cause. Si Se Puede! Que Viva Helen Chavez! Que Viva César Chavez!

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  118. Mina Martínez says:

    Querida Familia Chavez,

    Pensando en Ustedes con sinceras condolencias – acompañándoles en su profunda pena, compartiendo su dolor y deseándoles fortaleza y consuelo.

    Nuestra guerrera ya descansa en paz con el amor de su vida Cesar 💜💜

    We have fond memories of seeing Helen at Villa La Paz Grand Opening & Blessing on June 26, 2010. In addition, I’m proud to have an autographed framed portrait and a book by Helen from the auctions at the Educating the Heart Dinners. I will treasure them forever and bequeath them to my two granddaughters.

    In Friendship and Sympathy,
    Mina y Gilbert Martínez y familia

  119. Stewart (Ed) Wiggers says:

    Blessings and Honor to Your Whole Family!!!

  120. manouCassel says:

    All my condolences go to the Chavez family. May her memory and her quiet legacy live forever in the heart of her children and the people who’s life she touch deeply.

  121. Lydia de los Rios says:

    Mi mas sentido pesame para la familia!! Helen fue una inspiracion para muchos y una gran mujer! Descansa en Paz!!.

  122. Judith Ahlberg says:

    With Sincere Sympathy and wonderful memories of a lifetime of service!

  123. Denise Anderson says:

    I never met Helen or Cesar, but their work for the people has played a vital and enduring role in my own life.
    In gratitude, Denise Anderson

  124. ROBIN RESIN says:

    God bless you and your family as they mourn and honor their mother, sister, friend who has gone to her eternal rest.

  125. DONALD MIZE says:

    My thoughts and sorrow are with your family at this time of loss.
    Donald Mize,

  126. Charlie K says:

    Great respect

  127. eugenenj says:

    God has a special place in Heaven for Helen & Cesar Chavez. I’m truly sorry to hear of Mrs. Chavez passing. Their life’s work will continue by those that were inspired by Helen & Cesar. God bless them both.

  128. Linda Faste says:

    I so admire what Cesar and Helen created. Their hard work, sacrifices and perseverance are a wonderful model for the rest of us.

  129. Deborah Taylor-Jackson says:

    Sending prayers and deepest condolences to the Chavez family, Paul Chavez; on the passing of Helen Chavez. Cesar, Helen, the Chavez family are such a blessing to me and everyone that supports Social Justice. Always in my heart!

  130. Mary Martinez Amundson says:

    I admired both of them, they were true American hero’s, I boycotted grapes in the 70’s with them in San Jose CA. One of the proudest days of my life….Rest in Peace

  131. E. Jane Via says:

    Dear Chavez Family,
    Please accept my deep sympathy for your loss. Your parents were extraordinary people who accomplished so much for so many. May you be blessed again and again by their commitment to the common good.
    Jane Via, Roman Catholic Woman Priest

  132. glorina casey says:

    Helen Chavez…”Of , BY, and FOR the People.”

  133. Violet Young says:

    Thanking you for EVERYTHING! My condolences to the Chavez family. Know that for many, many years I did not eat grapes or lettuce until the stamp was on them. You created consciousness where it was sorely needed. You have done your BEST!

  134. Sally McGee says:

    Helen Chavez was a strong woman who did what was needed to support Cesar and the UFW, while raising a family. She was a role model for many, even though she preferred to be in the background.
    The devotion shown to her husband, family and her supportive actions to the UFW as well will live on. Helen Chavez will be missed.

  135. monica alfaro says:

    sincerest condolences to family

  136. Jean Eilers says:

    Thank you Helen for all your inspiration, consistency and genuine concern.

  137. Carolina E. Flores says:

    Helen Chavez was a pilar to the historic development of the UFW with Cesar. She was the force and guiding light for Cesar. I attended the first UFW convention, while I attended Sonoma State College, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I met Cesar and the variety of staff and I couldn’t tell which was his family and which were union staff, or both. Thank you Helen, for having shaped Cesar and helping keep him strong. God Bless you Helen Chavez.
    Carolina Elena Flores de Sacto

  138. Ed Pasqualin says:

    My deepest condolences go out to the Chavez family. I marched in support of the Farmworkers in Central California in the late 70’s and have great respect for the Chavez’s efforts on their behalf.

  139. Kenia Velasquez says:

    Descanse en paz, respetada señora, junto a su admirable esposo, un gran hombre. Mi padre era admirador de su lucha. Afecto sincero para su familia.

  140. Carlos Rodriguez says:

    Con todo Amor y Respeto…
    … tantos anos que usted fue la gran parte de la union viviendo en el campo de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, hora escribo estas pocas y humilde palabras para deasearle que Dios le conceda Paz a los dos gigantes del la union; usted y Cesar!

  141. Darlene Zamora says:

    Dear Chavez Family, My heart goes out to you for the loss of your loved one.May Caesar & Helen Chavez’s dream of justice for the farmworkers live on.God bless.

  142. Madalyn Martinez says:

    May you rest in peace forever con El Senor & su Querido Cesar! I will never forget marching for La Huelga with my daughters at Safeway in East LA.

  143. Magdalena Castro and family says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Chavez family. May she rest in peace.

  144. mgorman914 says:

    Thank you for changing the world for the better. I still do not drink Gallo wine. Rest in peace.

  145. Darlene Flores-Provencio says:

    I will always cherish her friendship and the special times we prayed together, until we meet again. Praise be to God.

  146. John Wagner says:

    My thoughts are with you in this difficult time. What an amazing woman your mother was.

  147. Luisa says:

    Que en paz descanse la Senora Chavez y Dios la bendiga.

  148. says:

    All of my Love and Respect for two of the greatest heroes the world has ever known…

  149. Patricia Benavidez, Tacoma, WA says:

    RIP Helen. You were the unsung heroine of the UFW! You inspired so many with the depth of your convictions, the commitment of your spirit to not only your family but to all who support justice and equity. May your famiiy find comfort knowing that you made such an impact for the good of humanity. Dance into the light!

  150. ROSALIE F NUANES says:

    Rest in Peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father with Cesar by your side. Thank you for sharing your husband and giving the farm workers a knight to protect them and fight for their justice.

  151. Carol Fridey says:

    Blessings and peace for a life well lived. Your life is a tribute to your integrity and your beliefs – a true warrioress for mankind. Thank you for all you have done for so many!

  152. Jessica Powers says:

    Thank you, Helen.

  153. Charles Wolfe says:

    Condolences to the family.

  154. Randy Hernandez says:

    God Bless and thank you for the sacrifice you and Cesar did for out people and the UFW!
    In solidarity,
    Randy Hernandez

  155. Elwood Groves II says:

    She was a great lady and a wonderful inspiration to all who love to see justice in the land. Long live the memory of both Helen & Cesar Chavez, great Americans and tireless defenders of workers rights!! There lives have been a real blessing to the multitudes who struggle every day in hope of a better future!!

  156. Mike Everett says:

    May Helen rest in peace.

  157. Thank you Helen for your quiet strength and your fierce commitment to your family, friends and UFW. May the good Lord hold you in the hallow of His hand and keep your family under His watchful protection and care.

  158. Luisa says:

    My deepest condolences, the legacy of your parents live on in the hearts our nation and the UFW….their love for the causa will always be remembered. May the love and peace of Christ comfort and bless your family always.

  159. Thank you for standing for the right. . . You set an example for us all, and changed the world. Bless your family .

  160. Kay Lawson says:

    I taught about Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers when teaching about political activism at San Francisco State – always an inspiring example. Later I learned about Helen – no surprise to find a great woman helping a great man.

  161. Marilyn Brunger says:

    My deepest condolences to you . Having picked beans with farm workers back east as a teenager, I felt honored to follow Cesar in a March in San Diego many years later. Your parents were both giants for justice.

  162. Dr. Pocholo Rous says:

    Helen, you were a shining example and an inspiration not only for the Hispanic Community but for everyone living and working here in the United States. May your soul rest in peace and may God take you into His Loving Embrace!

  163. Tom Gannon says:

    My condolences to the Chavez family. I was privileged to meet Helen several times in the early 1970s when I worked on Cesar’s security detail. Helen was always very kind and warm to us even when we were underfoot in her home in Delano and at La Paz. She was a great, strong and caring lady.

    !Viva Helen and Cesar!

    Tom Gannon

  164. mary wickwire says:

    What a loving, giving life she lived for her family and for all of us.

  165. Sharon Levine says:

    I’m so sorry–I never met Helen, but I met Cesar on several occasions–first at a picket line outside a Von’s Pavilion store in East Los Angeles, and then when he spoke to my Union, the United Teachers Los Angeles House of Representatives, of which I was a member for over 15 years. I’d heard him speak numerous times on KPFK, the local Pacifica affiliiat, and was always impressed. I’d purchase a small paperback children’s book about Cesar and his life, which I liked to read the children I taught in LAUSD.

    i’m glad Cesar had such a nice, supportive wife and family.I’m sorry they are both gone…please continue the cause..

    We are with you in Los Angeles, supporting you always.

    With love,

    Sharon Levine
    Canoga Park, L.A., CA

  166. doug and Estella Kessler says:

    May god bless the Chavez Family. Helen will also be remember forever

  167. Jimmy and Isaac Arce says:

    REST IN PARADISE✨✨👼👼👼👼✨✨

  168. Gonzalo Chavez Villanueva says:

    Thank you very much for your dedication, and sacrifice. Rest in peace Mrs. Helen Fabela Chavez.

  169. Jose Angel J. says:

    Rest in peace Helen. Condolences to the family. Cesar y Helen Descansen en Paz. ¡Si se puede!

  170. gwen graves says:

    Thank you Senora Chavez for your strength and your importance in the civil rights movement of the United Farm Workers. I remember Sr. Chavez would be mentioned in a paragraph during history class and I wanted to know more so I would request any books on the struggle and the Chavez family. I was surprised to find that Sr. Chavez was married with a family and that made me never except a paragraph regarding our most notable heroes in history and the abscence of the people who stood them up and carry the strength of the family in order that they could do the jobs they were called to do.
    Muchas Gracias Senora Chavez usted es la corazon de la muevemente en historia de Americana. Yo quiero siempre recurde.
    Viva la Corazon! Senora Chavez!

  171. R.I.P to a great class fighter

  172. Father Bruce Nieli, CSP says:

    May dear Helen rest in the arms of Jesus in Eternal Life in the company of her dear husband Cesar,

  173. Angelica Castro says:

    Is time to eternally rest for the hard work you done so others can live their lives with dignity and pride. Descansen en paz.

  174. Suzanne Darweesh says:

    Helen Chavez was one of the unsung heroes of the farm worker movement. Not seeking fame or fortune, she was content for her husband to shine in public. She was dedicated to her family and friends. I remember once she attended a UFW fundraiser in Orange County, CA, where her granddaughter, Christine was speaking. She signed a photograph of herself and Cesar for everyone in the room! What a generous, thoughtful gift. My prayers and sympathy are with each of you, members of this amazing family.

  175. For the Chavez family my condolences. I’m sure it wasn’t easy sharing your parents with the rest of the world, but we were so blessed to have them. The work of your parents inspired my mother and her friends to help the dairy farmers in Pennsylvania unionize when the state milk marketing board nearly bankrupted all the farm families. There presence was a light in the world where there had been darkness. Thank you for sharing them and God bless you all.

  176. Rest in peace. You and your wonderful husband worked hard for so many years. Your work will live on for years to come.

  177. Vanessa Hart says:

    Mrs. Chavez was an amazing woman, a true inspiration! We all could learn so much from the way she fought, loved, supported and believed. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with the Chavez family. We celebrate Helen, her life and legacy. We hope that through your loss you can do the same and celebrate each other! Our love and support to you.

  178. Betty & Armando Anguano says:

    So sorry for your loss. Helen & Cesar were brave & profound human beings, the world is a better place because of them.

  179. Phyllis M. King says:

    We in Seattle were inspired followers of Cesar’s Farm Workers efforts to unionize: we at no lettuce or table grapes, and took part in every street demonstration. My own four small children were at our side: at one street demonstration, my 6-ear-old tugged at my arm : :Mommy! There’s a man up there and he is EATING BOYCOTTS ! And spitting them out at the people ! ” I ran to investigate, and the red neck guy was eating grapes, not boycotters. RIP, brave couple, your labors were successful and enduring forever. Phyllis King

  180. Ernest Abeytia says:

    I know that Cesar would have never achieved greatness without her. Heaven is a better place now and she will surely help him organize there. To her children, please remember: You can never lose your mother. You will remain in her arms forever. May all God’s gifts and tender mercies be with you.

  181. The Group says:


  182. Veronica Lezama says:

    On behalf of the Lezama family from Hollister, CA we would like respectfully extend our most sincerest condolences to the Chavez family. We will be making the trip to Keene to pay our respects to Mrs. Helen Chavez. Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May she rest in peace in company of her beloved husband Cesar Chavez.

  183. Marsha Epstein says:

    Thank you!

  184. Marilyn Corbeil Waters says:

    My sincere condolences to the extended families of Cesar and Helen, and to their children. May they always know and honour the true heroism of their parents.

    My first awareness was the grape boycott, which I supported in1970.
    I stil have problems buying grapes and produce provided by the poor conditiona in that industry.

    My friend, Don Taylor, worked with Cesar on trade unions. The group created and sent a beautiful Canadian flag which hung in Don’s home in Don Mills, Ontario.

    We were always aware of the strong, support and contributions of his wife, Helen.

    May they both rest in peace with the knowledge of their enormous legacy.

    Marilyn Corbeil Waters
    Dundas, Ontario

  185. veronica Gaucin Martinez says:

    I raise my flag to Mrs. Chavez.. As you Reunite with your husband the Best Leader.. Mr Cesar Chavez.. We will continue the Legacy and pass on to our children and grand children. Thank you for your Passion,, strength and courage. Rest In Paradise 😘😥♥♥

  186. Shirley Rombough says:

    Mt sincere condolences to Mrs. Chavez’s family and many friends. She truly made a difference and is a guidepost to us all.

    Shirley Rombough

  187. Marcellina Gibbons says:

    Please accept our gentlest wishes of comfort for the loss of Mrs. Helen Chavez whose humble life, partnered with the love of her life, changed the balance of good on the earth– not a small accomplishment.

  188. Helen Fabela Chavez may you rest in peace with your husband Thank you to the Family that allowed us to share such wonderful parents with strong convictions which served all our families past and future in the struggle of human rights. Mary Helen Rocha

  189. lynne1946 says:

    May the Lord hold you and Cesar close to His heart. Thank you for your goodness, beauty and humility. You have helped all of the people rise up to a better life. Lynne Miller

  190. Michael1947 says:

    During the grape strike, at Christmas time, I and many other members of the organization called Resistance (a non-violent organization opposed to the draft and the war that advocated peace) traveled from Los Angeles to Delano to bring toys to the children of striking farm workers. We were met with love and warmth, and invited to lunch with the workers. It was an amazing and humbling experience. May God bless the UFW, Cesar, and of course Helen.

  191. Kenneth Korczak says:

    Helen is now with Cesar in Heaven. Both of them are happier now, although we are sad because we miss them. We can honor their memory by continuing their work. Long live the union! Solidarity forever! Huelga!


    My deepest condolences to the Chavez family on your loss. I have always felt a great bond between myself and workers struggling for dignity and justice both in the workplace and in the community. I know the struggle of being on strike. I was one of the strikers against Frank Lorenzo’s Eastern Airlines, who also supported mny strikes against unfair and unacceptable working conditions like the United Farm Workers Union. I shall keep you in my prayers and thoughts now that your mother and father have once again been joined in the afterlife. May peace find you and keep you in its protective and soothing arms.

  193. Chuck Jagoda says:

    Thank you to Helena and Cesar and Delories Huerta. You all had faith in doing something that was the right thing to do. May your names be always remembered along with Gandhi, King, Christ, and all who labor in the vineyards of peace and justice.

  194. Bob Purcell says:

    Dear Chavez Family, We share your sadness at Helen’s passing, but we also share wonderful memories of your extraordinary mother. Bob Purcell and Mary Ann Massenburg.

  195. Helen Vargas says:

    First my sincere condolence to her family
    and friends. My admiration for her is beyond words.
    Helen was the backbone & force that help Cesar lead the UFW movement in a positive powerful direction. A humble yet strong devoted lady that stayed comitted to Cesar’s
    Dream. In the course of having to endure much pain & perseverace throughout her life time. Her legacy will remain with us always. She is resting now with her beloved Cesar & their powerful positive spirit will continue to inspire others always. Helen & Cesar Chavez PRSENTE!!!

  196. Randy Cecil says:

    Randy Cecil – Sligo Ireland, UFW Florida 1975-1993. Helen was an inspiration and comrade to all of us.

  197. K N Miller says:

    Long live the Spirit of Helen & Cesar in all of us to selflessly work for justice, respect, living wages, and abundance for all who work in the fields to bring us our daily sustenance …..and for all other workers!

  198. Brian Reynolds says:

    Sincerest condolences
    Thoughts are with all the family at this sad moment in time
    No Pasaran

  199. Kate Morris says:

    Thank you for sharing your light with the world.

  200. Greetings to Helen’s Family. Rest in peace dear lady your work here on earth is now complete. Amen. L. Hiram(Larry) Adams,Phoenix,AZ

  201. Bill Parker says:

    You were always the strength of the family keep Cesar and the kids in line. Thanks for the many times and the consideration you always gave me in your home. I miss the dinners that you and Cesar cooked for the community. You and UFW saved my well being many times and I will miss you.

  202. Judith Hatula says:

    ı was a volunteer worker in CA in the 1970’s. God bless Helen. May she rest in peace with Cesar.

  203. Carol J. Painter, Ph.D. says:

    We all shall be eternally grateful to Helen & Cesar Chavez for their courage and compassion.

  204. Mary Maske says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Chavez family and sincere thanks for all you and Cesar have done for what is right and just. Rest in peace Helen.

  205. Debbie Sequichie-Kerchee says:

    I am so sorry for your loss… We have lost a wonderful human being!

  206. K Holmdahl says:

    Heroes like Helen are the heart that beats and keeps the movement moving. Thank you Helen, and thank you Chavez family and the UFW, who have opened my eyes to the injustices perpetrated against the farm workers. You inspire me to be a better person!

  207. Myra Perez says:

    Family, home and community are what everyone works for and deserves to have while on this earth for the few precious years granted by God’s grace. You and your husband are wonderful examples of how we should all work hard, help one another and live in peace with and for one another.

  208. Wanda Wallace says:

    Sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Chavez. God Bless You and your wonderful family legacy.

  209. moorbey says:

    Reblogged this on Moorbey'z Blog.

  210. ismael nunez says:

    I’m so sorry foryour lost

  211. June Bausman says:

    My Condolence to all the Chavez familia.
    What is Courage? The ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous. The choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, uncertainty and intimidation.The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.This is who Cesar and Helen were. People who in the line of fire stood up to improve the treatment of workers.Fighting for what is right, humane and good for all. May Helen rest in eternal peace?

  212. Carolyn/Tom Horvath/Leonhardt says:

    All of our love, prayers and above all GRATITUDE for all that Helen and Cesar did for the world. Please know you are all surrounded in love and light!
    Continued blessings, and peace, Carolyn and Tom

  213. Rene R. GUTIERREZ says:

    Thank you, Helen Chavez, for the sacrifices made for the common good. May you rest in Heaven.

  214. Deirdre Luke-Brown says:

    With great respect, my condolences to the Chavez family.

  215. MK Mahowald says:

    Que descanse en paz, Helen.
    Gracias por todo lo que hacia por tanta gente.
    You have given us an example of faith and courage.

  216. Nancy C says:

    Condolences and sincere gratitude to the Chavez Family…

  217. Susanne M. Reading says:

    Que descanse en paz, Helen. And peace to all the Chavez family.

  218. Isabella Bates says:

    another great woman in the shadows now shines forever in our memory

  219. Brian Ronto says:

    Our condolences to the Chavez family for your loss.

    From the staff at KBronze

  220. Sr. Brenda Gonzales, SCN says:

    My sincere condolences to all of the Chavez family. What great parents you have that will continue to watch over each of you.
    May she rest in peace as she is reunited with your father. Sr. Brenda Gonzales, SCN

  221. Carolina Juárez says:

    Gratitude, respect, admiration, and condolences to the Chavez familia. You have been an inspiration to my family and friends for decades.

  222. Lillian Schrader Machado says:

    Thank you Helen F. Chavez for all your work and dedication to migrant farm workers. Blessings to all your Family.

  223. Karina Figueroa Ramirez says:

    May we honor the life and legacies of our leaders by continuing the work and contributing to our communities. Que vivan Helen y Cesar Chavez! May we be the best human beings to one another we possibly can.

  224. On behalf of the Alcala Family and Friends we wish to express our deepest and sincere condolences to the Chavez Family and Friends. We wish to remember and honor the early struggles of Ceasar, Helen, Sra Huerta, our Filipino Brothers, and the countless volunteers who gave with their Hearts and in some cases their lives. These are the true Heroes and the Legacy created by the UFW. We have been the beneficators of their work. Thank you Helen for been their for us. RIP

  225. Amanda Thomson says:

    Con toda la familia Chavez en el pesame. Dignidad y honor, como siempre lo mostraron Helen y Cesar.

  226. Vaughn Cox says:

    One of the proudest moments of my life was when we shared a meal you prepared for us Tejanos in your ‘Palacio de Cristal.’ Your humility and strength continue to inspire us to this day. Rest in Eternal Peace.

  227. Alice Newton says:

    The steadfast courage and determination of Cesar and Helen to work for human rights of farm workers inspired millions of people to support their cause and work non-violently for social change. Such struggles continue and their legacy is not only the successes of the UFW, but that they will continue in spirit and memories to help light the way toward justice for all.

  228. My sincerest condolences for your loss.

    From Miranda & Eduardo at AHF, L.A. Advocacy.

  229. Having met your son Fernando, I see he is a reflection of both you and Cesar. I believe a Cesar Chavez movie should detail your wholehearted support for La Causa. Peace be with you and your family.
    Daniel Aleman & Patricia Aleman
    Yesenia Del Toro & Family
    Montebello, CA 90640

  230. Marguerite Rouleau says:

    Ceasar and Helen Chavez – PRESENTE! together again, in God’s love and peace

    Marguerite Rouleau, Detroit, Mi.

  231. Rest in the Peace you very well deserve. Thank you for your dedication and fine example of what a wife can be. My Uncle Charles McLain, worked and marched with The Chavez family during the Grape strike and on. I am so proud of these people who led by their sense of respect and love for their fellow man. Who endured hardship and violence to lead us all to a higher place. May we not forget their lessons, especially now in this time of national turmoil. Love and Respect. Thank you and peace to the hearts of their children. Sincerely, Andrea Kessler

  232. Cecilia says:

    Thank you for your tireless work. May you rest in peace with Cesar.

  233. Manuel Bernal says:

    To all the Chavez Family, we are so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences on behalf of Sandra, myself, our kids and the extended Bernal and Santana families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  234. Frances Davis says:

    Having cut apricots and picked prunes when I was a kid, my heart felt sympathies always went to the “full time pickers/harvesters”. May God give the Chavez Family and ALL other worker families, peace, hope, better conditions and wages and SOON!

  235. Esperanza Gonzalez says:

    Esperanza Gonzalez – Illinois Migrant Council
    Rest In Peace Helen and thank you for a life time of service.

  236. Maria Sánchez says:

    Que descance en paz. Que Dios la bendiga y a toda la familia por todo los sacrificios por lo bien de tantos que han ayudado.

  237. brewsterbird says:

    My goal at age ten was to be a migrant farm worker ( I was feeding horses then) I finally made that goal in Selma, CA after years of college. Paid dues to the UFW for six months! Helen, you will be missed, Si Se Puede!

  238. Isabel Ruiz says:

    My deepest and sincere condolences to Cesarand Helen’s family.
    The journey that your parents started is now yours to keep going.
    God bless you.

  239. Jessie says:

    To all the Chavez family- Gracias- Thank you for all you have done for our farm workers! You make us proud to be Mexican!. Rest in peace.

  240. Dear Chavez Family and UFWOC–
    My name is Virginia Wheaton and I grew up in Delano during the grape strike days of the ’60s and ’70s, The Chavez family and their efforts to achieve financial and racial equality for our farm workers has had a profound impact on my life. One of my first political acts was to join with other (mostly minority) students to demand that Freddie Chavez be elected as student body president of Delano High School. (Hi, Freddie! We lost touch but I hope life has brought you many roses.) The understanding I gathered from my years in Delano greatly sensitized me and has brought me to the place I am today, Board Member of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center ( in Walnut Creek, CA, and longtime editor of their newsletter, Peace Gazette. Thank you, Helen Chavez, for my own growth and for speeding evolution of humanity, as we learn to care for those who bring us food. How backwards our society is where we have to learn to respect the food-producers! Still so much work to be done, to build on what you have accomplished, and pull this nation forward.
    Sincerely, Virginia Wheaton

  241. Ester Cadavid says:

    My deepest condolences to the Chávez and UFW family. Thank you for all you have done to promote justice for immigrants and their families. Que viva Helen Chávez!
    Ester Cadavid

  242. Anita Thrower says:

    Our hearts and prayers are with the family of such great human beings; Cesar and Helen Chavez! Rest in the precious arms of Jesus from all your toil and labor.

  243. vwheato says:

    Dear Chavez family,
    My name is Lucile Wheaton. I am now 94 years old, but will never forget (and that is saying a lot, these days) the Chavez family, UFWOC, and the early organizing days in Delano. I was very much a part of the established elite, wife of a doctor, president of PTA, but when I invited Caesar to speak at a PTA luncheon, my life changed. Besides being ostracized, something I had never experienced, I became politicized. I was so impressed with the California Rural Legal Association, that at age 50 I completed college and went to the law school at UCLA, and spent the last 15 years of my professional life running the Juvenile Public Defenders Dept in Fresno County. I was nicknamed ‘ No deal Lucile’ since I never pleaded a case unless it was in the child’s best interest. Without the influence of the Chavez family, I might never have discovered my true calling. Thank you, Helen! The sacrifices you and your family have made will be long remembered and appreciated.
    Sincerely, Lucile Wheaton

  244. Nancy Terrill says:

    Mi corazon y rezos van con ustedes en la memoria de su Madre Helen. El trabajo de Helen estaba tan importante a los trabajadores y a su familia. Que mujer fuerte y con coraje y dedicacion a la justicia para los trabajadores migrantes .

  245. Rose says:

    Your life has been an inspiration and blessing to all.

  246. Ed and Carolyn Rose says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to the Chavez family. Your mother was a beautiful role model to the world. Her quiet strength and determination was vital to the success of the UFW. We will keep her and the family in our thoughts and prayers as we go to mass this Sunday. Si Se Puede! Ed and Carolyn Rose

  247. Rest in peace Helen Fabela Chavez…

  248. Joyce D. Miller says:

    My condolences to the family. You and so many people throughout the US are blessed by knowing the work that your father and mother accomplished. Si Se Puede! all ways and for all!

  249. S. Naomi Finkelstein says:

    Comfort. May her Name be always for a Blessing.
    Naomi Finkelstein

  250. Irene Mora Vasquez says:

    Love and condolences to the Chavez familia. Señora Chavez was an amazing woman who helped so many. I pray that the legacy that was created by her and Cesar will be carried forward by others. Let their work continue through us! Let us be their voice so that others may benefit from their work and ours! I feel blessed to have met her and spent time with her. Gracias señora for the inspiration that you provided me and so many others. Ojala que estas cansado con nuestra señor y tu amor Cesar. Sinceremente, Irene Mora and Phil Vasquez

  251. Armando Estrada says:

    Helen, words alone can not justifiably express my appreciation for all the lives and families that you and Cesar have helped to bring out of extreme poverty and cruelty for so many, many people. My sister in-law Yolanda Huerta, also Bill Encinas, Billy Encinas, Rachel Encinas, their families and also my family dedicated our work, our belief and our heart to the UFW because of Cesar’s and your committment dedication and sacrifices.
    May God forever take you unto His Love and
    Protection… -Armando Estrada-

  252. Lynda says:

    I have great respect for Helen Chavez as she had the courage of her convictions and a heart for the people. Condolences to the Chavez family from a Canadian admirer!

  253. Thomas Clough says:

    Rest in Peace lovely woman

  254. Ryan Persad says:

    I offer my deepest condolence and sympathy for the Chavez family and friends.

  255. Ed Vieira says:

    My condolences to the Chavez family for your loss.

  256. jessie says:

    A proud and lasting legacy which will be forever be in our lives and our hearts.

  257. I pray that Gods blessings shine on Helen and the good works of the Chavez foundation.

  258. Yvonne Santana Rios says:

    As a long time elementary school teacher, the curriculum that is required, more often than not, expects to mold students into being ridiculously and, at times, obnoxiously outspoken in order to be successful. But as a first generation Chicana college grad raised by a stay at home mom who, like Helen, is humble and strong, yet always “behind the scenes,” I have been a witness that our proud Raza can and has accomplished much with education, yet being true to who we essentially are. Steadfastness, strong sense of self, and a quiet spirit can also speak volumes in demonstrating “We shall not be moved!” Thank you Helen for your outstanding example of support–for your husband, as well as for La Causa–and love, showing us that we all have varied, special gifts that when utilized for the greater good, entonces “¡Sí Se Puede!”

  259. Debbie Miller says:

    Helen was always warm and friendly whenever we met both during and after my years with the UFW. She was in many ways the heart of the movement, and her heart was strong as well as loving and compassionate. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the extended Chavez family.

  260. Barbara Tomlinson says:

    An enduring Legacy to the World, the United Farm Workers Union. Family is integral.

  261. Merry Gray says:

    God bless her. In this world there is none finer. Didn’t know her but knew her story. Vaya con Dios Helen

  262. Robin Patten says:

    So sorry for your loss. Hold on to all the great memories.

  263. Daniel Patrick Gremillion',SR. says:

    May Helen rest in peace.

  264. Frank Langben says:

    My condolences to the family of Helen Chavez, to the UFW, and to everyone whose lives she touched and inspired.

  265. Ronald L. Ruiz says:
    May we always remember what Cesar and Helen did for farmworkers and Mexican-Americans.

  266. Sam and Lucia Fabela says:

    Aunt Helen,

    I am only 1 year younger than you were when you left us. So “old age” has been catching up with me lately at a rapid pace. I am trying to find a way to go to La Paz to say goodbye to you, but right now I am not sure.

    If I am not able to go see you, I hope you will look down from your place with the Lord, and forgive me for snitching on you to my Tia Elosia when you got in trouble at high school in Delano.

    You know that I will NEVER forgive myself for procrastinating and not calling you as I started to do several times in the last weeks of your life.

    I also hope you will forgive me if I am not one of the faces you see at your place of rest. I have so many memories of you in our lifetime. I will try to use those memories to fill my grieving heart. I will never forget you.

    Lucia also sends you her love, and a big hug.

    Your nephew,

    Sam D Fabela

  267. Marke and Dolores Rodriguez says:

    Best friends. Perfect for each other. Best friends and true loves are together at last. May they rest in peace.

  268. Rosina C says:

    The world has lost two amazing human beings, but, have gained in so many ways, because of their many “gifts” to workers, to mankind. Peace. They will live on with beautiful memories!
    Rosina C

  269. Maritza castellanos says:

    To a GREAT EXAMPLE of a revolutionary woman who also fought for her community alongside her husband Rest in Peace. VAYA CON DIOS

    • Lynn Boyle says:

      Deepest condolences to the Chavez family on Helen’s passing. Her life of humility, courage, strength and support to Cesar and all farm workers is truly inspirational. When I was fourteen years old our Camp Fire Girls group drove to Delano to lend support to the grape workers’ strike. Years later I can remember not eating grapes as a sign of solidarity with the strikers. We all owe a great deal to Cesar and Helen for their years of sacrifice in advancing the rights of farm workers. Every human being is entitled to a living wage. Long live the memory of Helen! May God shine radiant light and love and Helen’s soul and help it progress on its journey. May Helen and Cesar be united in Supreme Consciousness, Bliss and Peace.

  270. Ed Pulido says:

    Condolences to the entire UFW family and especially to the extended Chavez family on the passing of Mrs. Helen Chavez. She leaves an example of how things are possible when we are united together for the common good. She will always be remembed for her unwavering spirit in the struggle for social equality. Prayers and peace for all who were touched by Helen’s generosity.

    Ed Pulido
    Ventura County CA

  271. Judith Nychay says:

    I was honored to meet Cesar when I was a student at San Jose State in the 70’s. It doesn’t surprise me to learn there was a wise, strong women urging him on.

  272. Bob Marzullo says:

    I met Cesar when I was a seminarian in the 1970’s at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, and he came to speak. SI, SE PUEDE is still the guiding principle of the UFW, but Cesar could not have done so without the strength that Helen gave him throughout their lives together. And now, they are together again, this time forever.

  273. Celia Barragan says:

    It is with great respect that I offer my condolences to the Chavez family. Mrs. Chavez has left her footprint for others to follow. The legacy that she and Cesar leave behind is immeasurable. As a teacher, I thank you for your contributions/your voice. God has a special place for you in heaven.
    Celia Barragan
    New Braunfels, Texas

  274. Meagan Ellington says:

    Helen Chavez walked quietly beside her husband, supporting him and the UFW. Even after his death, her strength shined on. RIP Helen Chavez.

  275. senorjoel says:

    Thank you Helen & Cesar!

  276. Myrto Cesaire says:

    Thank you for all you did and your husband. RIP


  277. magdalena Vera says:

    my condolences to the Chavez family, our family went through with the farm worker struggle in the salinas valley , I want to thank this amazing family for all the work they did it really made a difference on our life as farm workers. My father at age 78 is the oldest lettuce worker and is very thankful to Cesar Chavez, and all who supported his cause like Mrs Chavez and all the wonderful people who helped


    On behalf of the Executive Board of the Gurrola Baptist Foundation, please accept our sincere condolences. Sister in Christ Helen F. Chavez was an amazing support system for her family and her husband Cesar. The Christian community comes together in saying: “Rest In Peace Sister Helen, you are now with your beloved husband Cesar. Well done faithful servants of our Lord Jesus!” -BROTHER JOSEPH GURROLA, Gurrola Baptist Foundation – Los Angeles, California

  279. ¡La Lucha Continua! Helen Chavez–PRESENTE

  280. Valerie Cranmer says:

    A remarkable woman and a life well lived. RIP Helen.

  281. I am so grateful that the strength and care of Helen and Cesar made such an amazing difference in the lives of so many people who have had to struggle. They taught us against odds that we can overcome ignorance and injustice in our daily lives. Don’t ever give up, especially when you know it is right. What a legacy. True Heros. And, to all Farmworkers, thank you for caring for the precious bounty that sustains our lives.

  282. Marguerite Baria says:

    Condolences to the Chavez family and thank you for allowing us the share your parents legacy.

    • Robert and Lois Archuleta says:

      Nuestras condolencias y simpatia a su fuerte y unida familia, and it is still not time to stop el movimiento, sigamos en la lucha mientras Helen y Cesar descansan!
      La Familia Archuleta de Salt Lake City.

  283. Laura Manges says:

    Our condolences to the Chavez family, including all the Farmworkers who, working with our Mother, provide us with good food. Thank you, Helen and Cesar, who made so many sacrifices to organize workers against the injustice that still exists. God bless you. May you now have the peace and joy you so richly deserve.

    The Manges Family, Berea, Kentucky

  284. Pat Meneses says:

    Thank you, Helen and Cesar, for helping bend the arc of the universe toward justice. Thank you, too, for your example of nonviolence and all your accomplishments. Long live the Union! May you both rest in peace.

    Pat Davis Meneses

  285. Maria Quintana says:

    Our condolences to the Chavez family.You are with your husband in heaven. Thank you Helen and Cesar for all your hard work. La causa will continue, because of all the great teachings of non-violence, perseverance and to help those who can not help themselves. Thank you for all your sacrifices. You will be missed.

    God bless you and rest in peace.

    Love you both.

    From, Maria and Robert Quintana-James

    Toronto Canada

  286. Rosa Maria Escalante & Gilberto Gonzales says:

    Que en paz descanse Helen con su Cesar. My husband and I always stop by La Paz to saludar Cesar’s resting place on our way to and from Nuevo Mejico, now we’ll stop by to say thank you to both of them for all their personal sacrifices that they made for our very hard working gente. Gracias de nuestros corazones y fuerza y paz to all their familia now y siempre.

  287. Jose M merino says:

    As a little boy I can only remember 2 summers working in the fields with my family. At age 17 I worked for my uncle in Firebaugh and saw first hand the plight of the Mexican farm worker. I remember thinking, “Who is going to right the wrongs?” How excited I was when Cesar and Helen Chavez stepped up to the plate, and even more enthusiastic for their success when I found out we were “parientes”. I supported their boycots and have rooted for them ever since. As my mother, Dolores Chavez Arvizu, would have said: “Mi mas sentido pesame, familia Chavez. Helen, que descanses en paz. Lo mereces.”

  288. Edwina Echevarria says:

    May the United Farm Workers Union thrive for many many years, advancing the cause of farm workers nationwide!


  290. Nicole says:

    Blessings to Helen’s family!

  291. K. Schultz. says:

    From the other side of the country, here in New England, one heart pauses to honour a remarkable lady. Mr. Chavez was a childhood hero of mine. I hope that he and Mrs. Chavez will now be able to be together again, and that those of the Chavez family who must remain behind here a while longer will find comfort and solace in each other and from the thoughts and prayers sent their way from so many, including me. I am a person of no particular account, but I will include your mother/grandmother/great-grandmother in my prayers before the statue of Mary during my next visit to the cathedral in my town. I doubt she will actually need them, as she lived such a very good life. Sincerely and Respectfully — K. Schultz.

  292. Ruth Rudin says:

    Rest in Peace Helen. Condolences to the Chavez family. There is a hole in our hearts!

  293. rogerlee terronez says:

    To the Chavez family from the Terronez family, we have you all in our prayers.

  294. Sylviia Enrique says:

    Thank you. Your support helped inspire justice, honor and equity as goals for all of us to achieve and not give up on–no matter what we face.

  295. Jeff Hubbard says:

    May your family and friends take comfort and solace in remembering your living spirit. Thank you and bless you for your contributions to justice and making the world a better place. Rest in Peace.

  296. Joan & Stuart Collins says:

    Helen, I feel honored to have known you and your husband, and happy to have been a part of your beautiful family. You can rest now and be with your heavenly family. We will miss you.

  297. Timoteo L. Vasquez says:

    Precious Blessed Chávez family, I was sad to hear that Helen Chávez, wife/life partner to American Union Hero César E. Chávez passed on to the Spiritual Promise Land. She is now with César and all the other Peaceful Warriors of La Causa. My prayers and condolences to the Chávez family. I loved the Mother of El Movimiento. Que Viva Helen Chávez !!!.
    Timoteo L. Vasquez, PhD

  298. Dave Reno says:

    I never met you, but your works speak well.

    The torch has been passed.

    In the Twilight Zone episode A Game of Pool. a champion returns to life to play a challenger. When the challenger says your

    Fats Brown:

    “Dead? Not really. As long as people say your name, you don’t really die. As long as people talk about you, you continue. A
    legend doesn’t die just because the (wo)man does.”

  299. Bob Johnson says:

    To all of the Chavez Family, my deepest sympathy. Helen was an amazing, powerful, strong, loving and caring person. I will always appreciate and cherish the kindness and hospitality she showed toward me. She was indeed very special.

  300. Jose Rosado says:

    Rest In Peace

  301. Ermina Hidalgo says:

    It was an honor to have met you. May you now rest in peace with your beloved husband. My deepest condolences to the entire family of Helen. God be with you through this difficult time.

  302. Alfredo A. Figueroa says:

    The Figueroa family of Blythe would like to express their deepest sympathies on the passing of a great person, Helen Favela Chavez. We have great memories of Helen.

  303. Eloise & Dan Carrillo says:

    Mother,, our hearts are so very sad & we will miss you very much. Thank you for all the love you gave us & your extended family, the farmworkers, My heart is content knowing you are now resting in peace, pain free & reunited with our beloved father & sister, Lu. We love you very much.

  304. Suzanne Vandenheede says:

    May God continue to be with your family as you mourn the loss of Helen Favela Chevez. She was so important In the work her husband did for so many people in their lifetimes. What wonderful things they accomplished together!
    Sister Suzanne Vandenheede, OSM

  305. Irene Little says:

    With great fondness for the family and the thousands of people they have touched with their kindness,

  306. Sister Sofia Berrones, MCDP, San Jose, CA says:

    My prayers are with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helen was faithful, dedicated, patriotic and profoundly committed to her husband, justice for all and her children.

    May her spirit live in those left behind to continue to work for justice for the farm worker and peace in families.

  307. Randy and Sharon Reiswig says:

    Helen was full of grace, quiet inner strength, and kindness. She was a very special lady who contributed so much good to so many people. A life well lived. We are so sorry for your loss.

  308. Helen: You put up with a lot from those of us who worked with Cesar. You had patience and style amidst the chaos. Rest in peace, Sister.

  309. Jonathan Loren Leech says:

    Rest in Peace Mrs. Chavez. God’s Eternal Blessings to you and all your family. May His Light be ever with you. To the family, my heartfelt condolences. It truly is an honor to volunteer with the UFW. I love you all!!!


    Jonathan Loren Leech
    Si Se Puede!

  310. Bendita Sea Helen Chavez y su familia. Gracias por todo. Bless you and Thank you. Con nuestros ancestros eternamente en la vida larga. Your spirit soars to the sun like that of a warrior. La danza de la Aguila Blanca dedicada a ti hermana. Mexica Tiahui!

  311. Federico Bortoletto says:

    Sincere condoglianze!!

  312. Maggie Brittan says:

    Gracias y Paz.

  313. Celia Saludado Determan says:

    I was very sad when I heard of Helen’s passing. She was a great friend and faithful wife to Cesar. This encouraged me a lot. Much love in Jesus, the Son of the Living and True God, Amen.

  314. What beautiful and moving testimonies about the life and legacy of Helen! Two memories I hold with appreciation: 1) Helen’s signature on the Octavio Ocampo portrait of Cesar after she cooked me and companion breakfast at Keene in June 2001, and 2) Helen’s putting a turquoise rosary in the hands of deceased UFW cook whose service took place in ELA. Helen now lives in the heavenly and eternal banquet of heaven before the Lord surrounded by angels and saints. ¡Que EN PAZ descanse! Fr

  315. Milton Chavez says:

    We’ve always loved and supported Cesar and Helen in their undying commitment to further the cause. Helen will be dearly missed by myself and my family. As a son of former farmworkers, (my wife’s parents included), we believe unionization of all farm, dairy, etc., workers is of the uptmost importance.

  316. Jose Sanchez says:

    Con todo sentimiento hacia la familia Chavez. Que en las manos de dios descance.

  317. Helen Seyferlich says:

    My condolences for you. Cesar was an honorable man.

  318. Jose Beltran says:

    Paul I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You’re so fortunate & blessed to have been the son of two great American Heroes.

  319. Dawn Ward-Doma says:

    God Bless, rest in peace. Loving thoughts go with you.

  320. Alexis Saavedra says:

    Your heroic and courageous acts will forever be remembered. All your hard work is very well appreciated. May you rest in piece Helen.

  321. Larry Grant says:

    Enjoy eternity back with Cesar , prayers and blessings to the family

  322. Susan E. says:


  323. lawrence m grant says:

    SI SE PUEDE !!!

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