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Mary Helen Rockwell

Passed Away on September 26, 2015


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Mary Hellen Rockwell, 69, passed away on September 26, 2015 in Chandler, AZ. Mrs. Rockwell was born in Torrington, WY.  Preceded in death by her grandparents Genaro and Catalina Palato, father Steve Carabajal, Sr., and brother Steve Jr., she is survived by her husband Basil H. Rockwell II and former husband Ramon Martinez, daughters Marlene Marie (Mario) Chaparro, Elizabeth Ann (Ryan) Blockwitz, step daughters Elizabeth Jane, Stephanie Lyn Rockwell, step son Basil H Rockwell III, her mother Alice Carabajal, sisters Kaye Caliguiri, Rebecca Chavez, brothers Robert, Frank, Louie, David Carabajal, grandchildren Leticia R. Rodriguez, Miranda M. Rodriquez, Emiliano A. Chaparro, Celestina A Chaparro, great granddaughter Raylene R. Ramirez and multiple nieces and nephews.  The family will gather at 9:00 am followed by Funeral 10:00 am Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa AZ  85207.  Final Interment at 12:30 pm National Memorial Cemetery of AZ 23023 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoneix AZ.  Donations can be made in honor of Mary Helen to The Ironwood Cancer Research Center in Gilbert AZ.

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4 responses to “Mary Helen Rockwell”

  1. Era Dennis says:

    So sorry for the loss.. Condolences and prayers for peace for the family members.

  2. Anne Valdez says:

    So sorry to hear about Mary Helen. In our younger days in Nebraska we were compadres. Will miss her. Love to all the family

  3. Edie LaFlex says:

    Dear family:
    Know that you are in our thoughts, and in our heart in this darkest of times. In my mind’s eye I will hold ever more precious and dear, the memories of my beautiful friend, Mary Helen, whom I often referred to as the “The Mexican Liz Taylor.” Originally, I called her “The Mexican Mona Lisa” but she set me straight, that she though the Mona Lisa was not that cute. We all loved Mary Helen with all her flaws, virtues and complexities. We also admire the source of her energy, and everlasting youthful appearance and personality.

    The Diva, Mary Helen, always ready to fight against any injustice against her or, any member of her family, paying sometimes no sensible mind to titles or position of the opponent; succeeding plenty of times to everyone’s amazement. Thus, she leaves a lesson to as all, to carry on with courage and conviction, to fight for what is just, and never confuse being good with being dumb.
    Aaaahhhh! How often we laughed to say in some ironic incident, “Dios quiere jente buena, pero no babosa.”
    The Madona Mary Helen, fiercely loved her family, and although sometimes dictatorial in her methods, she pushed everyone she loved to do better. Mary Helen’s most important role in life was to shape, and ultimately leave in this world two strong, intelligent daughters with sound judgment, that could carry on her legacy of love for family, and she succeeded. Right girls?!

    As for her grandchildren and future generations: Let it go on record, that when life presents you with challenges, like the one we face today, Mary Helen if she could will say to you. “Seat up straight mijito!” I expect the very best of you. No excuses!
    In short we will remember Mary Helen, a beautiful, happy person, and a woman of courage.
    She will never be forgotten by

    Joe and Gabriel LaFlex,

    and me Edith Emperatriz Estrada-LaFlex (Edie)

  4. Krystal Gonzales says:

    My very sincerest condolences on Mary Helen’s passing. I wish nothing but peace to the family. Mary Helen’s mother Alice was my great grandfather Jesus Palato’s sister. I truly wish I could have known Mary Helen in life. I have tried to look for Alice’s children for years as I was unaware of my great grandfather’s family until most recently. I am deeply saddened that I will never get to meet such a great woman. I am so sorry Rockwell family for your loss. I can only wish you all peace.

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Mary Helen Rockwell

Passed Away on September 26, 2015


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Mary Hellen Rockwell, 69, passed away on September 26, 2015 in Chandler, AZ. Mrs. Rockwell was born in Torrington, WY.  Preceded in death by her grandparents Genaro and Catalina Palato, father Steve Carabajal, Sr., and brother Steve Jr., she is survived by her husband Basil H. Rockwell II and former husband Ramon Martinez, daughters Marlene Marie (Mario) Chaparro, Elizabeth Ann (Ryan) Blockwitz, step daughters Elizabeth Jane, Stephanie Lyn Rockwell, step son Basil H Rockwell III, her mother Alice Carabajal, sisters Kaye Caliguiri, Rebecca Chavez, brothers Robert, Frank, Louie, David Carabajal, grandchildren Leticia R. Rodriguez, Miranda M. Rodriquez, Emiliano A. Chaparro, Celestina A Chaparro, great granddaughter Raylene R. Ramirez and multiple nieces and nephews.  The family will gather at 9:00 am followed by Funeral 10:00 am Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E. Main St. Mesa AZ  85207.  Final Interment at 12:30 pm National Memorial Cemetery of AZ 23023 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoneix AZ.  Donations can be made in honor of Mary Helen to The Ironwood Cancer Research Center in Gilbert AZ.

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4 responses to “Mary Helen Rockwell”

  1. Era Dennis says:

    So sorry for the loss.. Condolences and prayers for peace for the family members.

  2. Anne Valdez says:

    So sorry to hear about Mary Helen. In our younger days in Nebraska we were compadres. Will miss her. Love to all the family

  3. Edie LaFlex says:

    Dear family:
    Know that you are in our thoughts, and in our heart in this darkest of times. In my mind’s eye I will hold ever more precious and dear, the memories of my beautiful friend, Mary Helen, whom I often referred to as the “The Mexican Liz Taylor.” Originally, I called her “The Mexican Mona Lisa” but she set me straight, that she though the Mona Lisa was not that cute. We all loved Mary Helen with all her flaws, virtues and complexities. We also admire the source of her energy, and everlasting youthful appearance and personality.

    The Diva, Mary Helen, always ready to fight against any injustice against her or, any member of her family, paying sometimes no sensible mind to titles or position of the opponent; succeeding plenty of times to everyone’s amazement. Thus, she leaves a lesson to as all, to carry on with courage and conviction, to fight for what is just, and never confuse being good with being dumb.
    Aaaahhhh! How often we laughed to say in some ironic incident, “Dios quiere jente buena, pero no babosa.”
    The Madona Mary Helen, fiercely loved her family, and although sometimes dictatorial in her methods, she pushed everyone she loved to do better. Mary Helen’s most important role in life was to shape, and ultimately leave in this world two strong, intelligent daughters with sound judgment, that could carry on her legacy of love for family, and she succeeded. Right girls?!

    As for her grandchildren and future generations: Let it go on record, that when life presents you with challenges, like the one we face today, Mary Helen if she could will say to you. “Seat up straight mijito!” I expect the very best of you. No excuses!
    In short we will remember Mary Helen, a beautiful, happy person, and a woman of courage.
    She will never be forgotten by

    Joe and Gabriel LaFlex,

    and me Edith Emperatriz Estrada-LaFlex (Edie)

  4. Krystal Gonzales says:

    My very sincerest condolences on Mary Helen’s passing. I wish nothing but peace to the family. Mary Helen’s mother Alice was my great grandfather Jesus Palato’s sister. I truly wish I could have known Mary Helen in life. I have tried to look for Alice’s children for years as I was unaware of my great grandfather’s family until most recently. I am deeply saddened that I will never get to meet such a great woman. I am so sorry Rockwell family for your loss. I can only wish you all peace.

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