Elena Ana "Helen" (Laucirica) Chambers

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In loving memory of Elena (Helen) Ana Laucirica Chambers, who passed away peacefully on July 1, 2014. A native of Manhattan whose family hailed from the beautiful Basque village of Ea, Vizcaya, Spain, Elena was born on March 15, 1937. She attended boarding school at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Berriz, Spain, was a member of the consular corps of the U.S. State Department, and lived abroad for a good portion of her life before moving to Baton Rouge in 1976 with her two children, Begoña Chambers Landry of Covington, Louisiana, and Charles Anthony Chambers of Pensacola Beach, Florida. While living in Baton Rouge, Elena was a licensed real estate agent and a member of the pastoral council of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She moved to the New Orleans area in 1989 where among other activities she worked at Macy's at New Orleans Centre and was a licensed tour guide. A strong, compassionate woman of great humor and deep patriotism, Elena also was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mandeville, Louisiana. Among her greatest pleasures in life were the times she spent with her adored grandchildren, Melissa M. Landry of Manhattan, and Sarah E. Landry and Matthew A. Landry of Covington, her beloved family in Spain, and the many friends she made while enjoying all that life had to offer, particularly traveling to the Basque Country, taking cruises, Mardi Gras, JazzFest, and Franco's Health Club in Mandeville. Elena also endeared herself to many St. Tammany Parish healthcare professionals who tirelessly tended to her medical needs and for whose dedicated attention and sincere concern her family will eternally be grateful. In addition to her children and grandchildren, Elena is survived by her sister Maria Mercedes Laucirica Belategui and brother-in-law Pedro Belategui of Las Arenas, Vizcaya, Spain, her son-in-law Stephen A. Landry of Covington, her sister-in-law Esther Bilbao Laucirica of Atlanta, nieces Elena Belategui of Monterrey, Mexico, Begoña Belategui of Miami, and Maria Esther Laucirica of Atlanta, nephews Jon Gandarias of Madrid, Jose Javier Gandarias of Madrid, Mikel Gandarias of Huelva, Spain, and Javier A. Laucirica III of San Francisco, numerous loving grandnieces and grandnephews in Spain, the children of many friends who considered her their Amuma (grandmother in Euskera, the Basque language), and countless other friends near and far. Elena was preceded in death by her mother Maria Mercedes Zaracondegui Laucirica, her father Xavier Antonio Laucirica, her sister Begoña Laucirica Gandarias, her brother Xavier Antonio Laucirica, and her brother-in-law Jose Gandarias. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Elena's life on Saturday, July 12, 2014, by attending a visitation at 11:00am with a following memorial mass at 1:00pm at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church located at 1501 West Causeway Approach in Mandeville. Burial services will be private, as Elena's wishes were to return to the Basque Country for interment. In lieu of flowers, Elena's family requests prayers for and donations to the Teresian Sisters located at 18080 St. Joseph's Way, Covington, Louisiana 70435. Local services are being provided by E.J. Fielding Funeral Home of Covington - Thoughts and memories may be shared at www.ejfieldingfh.com.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from July 7 to July 12, 2014
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