HELPER-Gladys Linda Gonzales, affectionately known to many as "Grandma Linda", died Aug. 13, 2008 at her home from Alzheimer's. She passed away peacefully from a broken heart after the death of her son Richard in June of 2005. At the time of her passing she was surrounded by her loving daughter Gloria, beloved granddaughter Julie, and our new dear friend, Anita Salazar.
She was born in Eaton, Colo. on April 16, 1919 to Macidonia Trujillo, and later adopted by Louis Gonzales and his wife. Very little is known about her childhood, other than she was born of Spanish and Greek ancestry. In 1938 she married Lino Gonzales in Raton, N.M. and together they shared 50 years of marriage before his passing on March 20, 1988.
She had many roles in life, but her most honorable one was that of a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her Catholic faith and the parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Helper. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She leaves behind her daughter, Gloria Regis of Helper; granddaughter, Julie (Jon) Meine, of Ohio; beloved daughter-in-law, JoAnn Gonzales, and her grandchildren, Matt Ramirez, Mariaelena Montoya, Lino (Stephanie) Gonzales, and Benita (Mat) Brewer. She is also grandma to Callie Allgood, 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, all of Salt Lake City; and four brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law. Preceded in death by her husband Lino, son, Richard; and great-granddaughter Jessica Montoya.
Funeral Mass was held Mon. Aug. 18, 2008, 10 a.m. St. Anthony Catholic Church. Vigil service Sunday evening 7 p.m. at the church in Helper.
Family received friends at St. Anthony's in Helper Sunday and Monday one hour prior to services. Committal service, Mt. View Cemetery, Helper. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church, 5 South Main, Helper, Utah 84526.