Alice Klein writes:
Helena Fuentes of Walnut Creek, CA, died of cancer at the end of 2016. Helena was a long-time Baba lover. She came to Baba in the late ’60s, went to the Great Darshan, and was a member of Sufism Reoriented. After she retired from a demanding job with the Contra Costa Water Board, she devoted herself to archival work at Sufism Reoriented.
She was born in Miami and also lived in Los Angeles before moving north to the San Francisco Bay Area. She was married to Marco Fuentes and had one daughter, Merissa.
I would love it if others who knew Helena could fill in the blanks; I don’t know any more of her history. But I did know her as a giving, warm, lovely woman. A real friend. She was sensitive and generous and had a lot of heart. She loved purple! And I miss her.
Davana Brown writes (2/27/17):
Helena was one of my oldest “Meher Baba” friends, but after I moved to India, we didn’t have much opportunity to see each other. However, love and connection know no distance and through the years she remained one of my closest friends in heart. Her love for Meher Baba and her wholehearted resignation to His wish for her touched my heart deeply. She was one of those individuals who quietly goes about their duties in the world without fanfare, yet, at every turn, was an example of what Meher Baba said about true service – that a smile or kind word to one in need counts as much if not more than any utilitarian service.
I was able to spend time with Helena shortly before she died and I am grateful to our Beloved Lord for making that possible.
I shall miss dear Helena, and I know her passing is a loss for all those who loved and knew her, but I am happy in her true gain; release from all suffering. I can just imagine her now – feeling such relief and great joy as she rests in the presence of our Eternal Beloved, Avatar Meher Baba.
Joe Novo (Mar. 20. 2017): I met Helena at the Walnut Creek farmers market. I was a vendor of succulents and she was a customer and friend. She was one of my favorite people at the market and although I haven’t sold succulents for 4 years, Helen and I still kept in touch on Facebook. She was a sweet and kind soul to me and I will always miss her.