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Helen Lorenzi "Gita" Marguerite


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Helen Lorenzi "Gita" Marguerite Obituary
Marguerite "Gita" Helen Lorenzi 1916 - 2012 Marguerite was born in Bakersfield, California on June 18,1916, in the family's country home south of Bakersfield where she resided most of her adult life. She passed away on July 12, 2012 from complications following a stroke in April. Her parents, Joseph C. Eyraud and Augistine G. Eyraud, were both immigrants from France and were early settlers and pioneers of Kern County. Joseph, better known as "Long Valley Joe", ran herds of sheep from Bakersfield up to Long Valley and Bishop, via the Tehachapi Pass and Sheep's Trail by Arvin. Gita was the youngest of three children. She attended General Shafter Elementary School, and recalled riding her horse, Prince, to and from school. Gita did not know any English, only French, when she began first grade. She attended KCUHS ( BHS), and after graduation worked at Kress' dime store with some friends. Gita married Mike Lorenzi on March 27,1940. A marriage of 64 years blessed her with much happiness and wonderful memories. She was a dedicated mother and homemaker caring for her family and two children, Adrienne and Paul Michael. Gita is preceded in death by husband Mike, son Paul Michael, brother Frank Eyraud, and sister Emily (Schweitzer) Gulick. She is survived by daughter Adrienne Smoot of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Martin Smoot, wife Karyn and great grandson Cameron of Bakersfield; Amy Jennings and husband Craig of Ventura; Suzanne Smoot of Bakersfield, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her life was blessed with a loving family and myriad of friends. She had a special fondness for Doug Kaiser, whom she referred to as her "second son". Doug farms her small ranch. She also loved Dr. Laughlin who cared for her and her husband Mike for many years. Besides homemaking, Gita enjoyed sewing. She was an accomplished seamstress making her own clothes and helping others with alterations. She took pride in teaching her granddaughters to make clothes for their Barbie dolls and later for themselves. Gita had a passion for her flower garden and huge yard, and the peace it brought to her, even though maintaing it was a lot of work. She liked nothing better than sharing ferns, flower starts, seeds and pecans from the big trees in her yard with family and friends. In the past few years she had developed a great interest for Phalenopsis orchids after receiving several as gifts. This resulted in a veritable bloomimg greenhouse of orchids in her glassed in porch. Gita was very proud of her French heritage and used to participate in Local French Club activities dressed in her native French provincial costume that she had made. She maintained contact with her mother's relatives in France and made several trips over the years to visit them. In the afternoons she spent much of her time talking on the phone with friends, especially those that were homebound and others in nursing homes. She espicallly enjoyed visits with her nephew Mike Renzi and his two dogs. They would share an early morning coffee, rolls and conversation, while the dogs waited to go for their long walk through the fields. Her cat, Missy would patiently hide until they were gone. Gita never knew a stranger. Her home was always well frequented by her countryside neighbors and many friends and relatives, including her mail carrier, Maria Castro, who also looked out for her well being. Gita was the matriarch and cornerstone of our family and will be sorely missed by us all. God bless you Mom. You were one special lady. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 from 4-7pm and a funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 19,2012 at 10am at Doughty Calhoun O' Meara Funeral Home, 1100 Truxton Ave. Bakersfield, Ca. followed by a brief graveside service at Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request that a donation be made to SMALL MIRACLES FOUNDATION. (provides help to financially stressed parents of children with cancer) Donations may be mailed in Gitas name to: SMALL MIRACLES FOUNDATION 3032 Azalea Glen Rd Glendale, OR, 97442 Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 17, 2012
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