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Helen Anderson Lindley, a former and proud resident of Chualar Canyon, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2012, after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
Born in Warren, Ohio on August 7, 1940, Helen was raised in Fredericktown, Ohio, before heading west and earning a degree in landscape architecture from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. She married soon after and relocated to the Salinas Valley.
Helen raised her three children in Chualar Canyon on the ranch she dearly loved, where each day was seen as a blessing and where she took great pleasure in the simple things in life. The scenic beauty of the nature in Chualar Canyon provided a perfect backdrop for Helen's love of animals, a love that led to years riding and showing Morgan horses. However, Helen's greatest joy and true calling was that of a mother. She unselfishly gave of herself each and every day to ensure her three children were afforded every opportunity and every chance for happiness.
A giver in the truest sense of the word, Helen was an active member of the Gonzales Community Church, where she lent her musical talents as pianist. She was also a member of the Watsonville Band, Pacific Brass and the Hartnell Community Band. And although Helen dedicated her life to her own children, she always found time to help others, spending countless hours volunteering as a 4-H project and community leader and with the Morgan Horse youth club.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Blanche Struble Stucky and Harvey Anderson, and her brother, David Henry.
Helen is survived by her three children, Robyn (Ken) Rauh, Ginger (JD) Aguilar and Chad (Michelle) Lindley; and her grandchildren, Justin, Sam and Luke Rauh; Indira and Shane Aguilar; Jack, Madeline and Brooks Lindley.
Alzheimer's may have caused her memories to fade away, but the impression Helen left on the many lives she touched throughout her time here on Earth will never be forgotten.
A Memorial service in her honor will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., at the Gonzales Community Church. A BBQ lunch will be held immediately following at the Barn on Old Stage Road, 1563 Old Stage Road.
Donations can be made in her memory to the Gonzales Community Church or the Watsonville Community Band.
"There is something about the outside of a horse, that's good for the inside of a man."-Winston Churchill
Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com
Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis Salinas, CA 93901
Published in The Salinas Californian from Dec. 29, 2012 to Jan. 4, 2013