Helen Garcia passed away in her home on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. Helen was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, sister and aunt. She worked at Sonoma Development Center for 10 years as a psychiatric technician, taking care of developmentally disabled infants. After retiring from SDC, she opened her own day care and foster care at her home, where she cared for more than 100 foster children from Sonoma, Marin and San Francisco counties. Also, she provided child care for many families from Sonoma Valley.
To her extended family she was known as “Mama Helen” for her generosity, loving ways, and encouragement to always seek the best in life.
Surviving Helen is her son, Micheal; her daughters, Jennifer, Helen, Janeth and Valentina; many grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and the love of her life, Victor Garcia.
Her family will remember Helen for living life with great passion and amazing perseverance. She met life’s challenges with poise and dignity. She took great pride in caring for everyone who surrounded her. She will be greatly missed; may her beautiful soul rest in peace.