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Helen L. Gafner

Aug. 2, 1926 -- Nov. 21, 2019

Helen Gafner was born in Bakersfield, California on Aug. 2, 1926 to Andrew and Mary (Mertz) Barling. Helen was married to Roy Gafner for over 50 years and together they raised their children, Richard and Karen.

Helen was a secretary at Wasco High School for over 20 years. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother lovingly known as Gigi. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren who were the love of her life.

Helen passed away on Nov. 21, 2019 in Bakersfield.

She is survived by her children, Richard Paslay (Maxine) and Karen Long; grandchildren Erin Henderson, Ryan Paslay, Jeff Long and Jennifer Long; and 13 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Peters Funeral Home chapel in Wasco.

The family would like to thank the staff at Brookdale Riverwalk Assisted Living and Hoffmann Hospice for their love and care provided to Helen.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hoffmann Hospice.

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