Joselene Duran Balderas passed away on July 1, 2018 at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier.
She was born in Michoacan, Mexico on Dec. 7, 1927 to Genaro Duran and Romana Celis but lost her mother at the age of 2.
Joselene immigrated to the United States in 1953 when she married Robert Balderas at the LDS Mesa Arizona Temple.
She spent the majority of her adult life in the United States, where she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. She sacrificed her time and energy to ensure that her children were cared for. Likewise, she was especially devoted to her youngest son, Arthur, who had Downs syndrome.
Joselene was an exemplary homemaker, especially when it came to cooking and sewing. She was quick to respond to the needs of family and friends. She was also a star when it came to working in her garden, where she loved her roses and assorted fruit trees.
Joselene faced many challenges throughout her life, including a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2007. Relying on her devotion and dedication to Arthur, she overcame the illness and was able to return to her home in California.
A fall in 2017 resulted in a broken hip, yet she was determined to return and spend the final six months of her life in her Hacienda Heights home. She attributes her latest recovery to her faith in her Heavenly Father.
Joselene is survived by her five children: Marilyn (Richard) Talbot, Dora (Rudy) Livingston, Albert, Al and Arthur. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.