Jessie Gonzales was born on Christmas Day 1913 in Nogales, Mexico. She grew up in Tucson, AZ, and raised her family in East Los Angeles with Francisco Gonzales, her husband of 70 years.
For the last five years of her life, Jessie lived in Santa Barbara with her daughter Pat Haro, son-in-law John Haro, grandson Kenneth, and granddaughter and caretaker Jessica. She loved Sunday afternoon drives through town, visiting the Mission, and birdwatching by the ocean.
Even after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, she maintained an unfailing sense of humor and often cracked jokes about the trials of old age.
Jessie is survived by her daughters Pat Haro and Helen Romero. She died at the age of 102, and was buried next to her husband Francisco in Montebello, CA. Together they had four children, 27 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and 39 great-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the members of her wonderful hospice team for their gentle care and emotional support.