Helen Patricia MAROCCO

May 20, 1946October 10, 2020

Helen Patricia MAROCCO, age 74, of La Mesa, California passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020; with her husband and children by her side.

Helen was born May 20, 1946 in Scotland; the youngest of 10 children. She loved hill walking and traditional Scottish dance. She was a school teacher in Scotland, and eventually met the love of her life, Norman, who was in the US Navy. As Norman is fond of saying, "all she did was smile at me and that was all it took" to begin a lifetime of love and commitment. They were engaged on their second date, and married on October 5th 1968; a marriage that lasted 52 years.

Norman's career took them to places all over the world, two children would eventually follow, Steven; born in Guam in 1970; and Dina, born in Pensacola Florida in 1972. Helen would be a wonderful loving mom to her children; and according to her children, all she needed was the "look" to keep them in line.

In 1984, Helen was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She faced this disease with incredible courage and tenacity. She never complained about it and she ALWAYS had a positive attitude. In her later years as the disease overtook her body; she remained courageous and positive the whole time. Norman epitomized the "have and to hold, for better or worse, till death do us part" marriage vows. He was her primary caretaker and attended to her every need.

Helen is survived by her husband, Norman K. Marocco; Steven Marocco (Isabel) of Lakeside, California; and daughter Dina Marocco of San Diego, California; grandson Gabriel Marocco (Karina), granddaughter Theresa Williams (Keenan) and great granddaughter Alaia Williams.

In lieu of flowers; the family suggests donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society; in Helens name.

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  • Norman K. Marocco, Husband
  • Steven Marocco (Isabel), Son
  • Dina Marocco, Daughter
  • Gabriel Marocco (Karina), Grandson
  • Theresa Williams (Keenan), Granddaughter
  • Alaia Williams, Great Granddaughter
  • Helen was the youngest of 10 children.

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Helen Patricia MAROCCO

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Anne Crawford

October 18, 2020

My deepest sympathy, love and hugs to Aunty Helens family, Uncle Norman, Dina and Steve and families. This family is made up of the most kind and loving folks. There are warrior women in Helen and my mom, Madge who endured and fought the crazy disease which is MS with positivity and laughter when it was needed! My mom always spoke so fondly of her youngest sister. I was so happy that they did get to spend some time together at some very special occasions. Thanks for posting some pictures of your mom, Dina. Please know you are all in our thoughts. Anne, Garnet, Michela, and Drew(Amee)

Irene Tallon

October 17, 2020

I have some beautiful childhood memories of Aunty Helen,one in particular stands out more.Auntie Helen and Uncle Norman looked after me and my siblings while Mum and Dad had a little holiday away,it was such a fun filled time,Aunty Helen was such a beautiful lady,full of laughs and so kind to everyone, we just loved spending time with both of them.Such precious memories that I will never forget. Rest in peace now Aunty Helen,until we meet again x

Bill Taitano

October 17, 2020

Heaven gained another angel! Mom was an amazing woman; she remained upbeat and positive during her lengthy battle with MS. When she was still able to speak; she loved sharing stories of her native land and her past, and always had that beautiful smile that captured her loving husbands heart. I truly believe Mom is in heaven now; hill walking and dancing; not in any pain, she may be gone but never forgotten. Rest In Peace Mom; Dina and I will take care of Dad.

Toni Peace

October 17, 2020

I met Helen once, many years ago. Dina was at horse event and her mom and dad were there to support her. Dina knew I was terrified of horses but convinced me to get on her monster of a horse. Helen gave me tons of encouragement too. I’ll never forget the beautiful smile on Helens face once I managed to get on the beast.

Emma Wilson

October 16, 2020

I first met Steve at Hermitage Elementary School in Virginia Beach Virginia. Shortly after I became friends with his sister Dina and we have been friends ever since. I met Mr. and Mrs. Marocco when I first spent the night at Dina’s house at Little Creek Amphibious Base. Mrs. Marocco was like my second Mom. She was the most generous and loving person you would ever meet. On June 12, 1982 I was spending the night at Dina’s House, I just found out that my grandmother died, and Dina’s mother was there for me. She’s an amazing soul. I will love her forever. Mr. Marocco, Steven and Dina my condolences to you. Your Father is the epitome of a husband. For better or worse Mr. Marocco was there. Job well done Mrs. Marocco you fought a good fight. Rest in heaven. I love you 🙏🏽❤️

Yolanda Sainz

October 16, 2020

Helen and Norm were my neighbors for over 20 years. When I moved into the neighborhood, Helen was the only person who came over to introduce herself and welcome me to the neighborhood; she was kind and caring. Even as her illness progressed, Helen always remained so positive. On one of our visits, she told me how lucky she to have been able to run, climb trees and have adventures when she was a girl. Helen always focused on the positive. Helen was my friend, and I will miss her. My condolences to the family and especially to Norm who stood by Helen as the most devoted husband I have ever known. God bless.

Dina Marocco

October 16, 2020

I remember my mom and dad leaving for a trip to themselves in Spain....when they came back, they had given Steve and I traditional Spanish dress.....I took mine to 'show and tell'. She gave us her everything...sacrificing all for us kids...never letting us doubt her love. No matter what mischief we (Steve) got up to...she was there for us, teaching us right from wrong....My hear hurts without you, mom....but I know you are saving dad a place in heaven with are dancing with Grandpa and Grandma, Uncle Bob, Aunt Madge, Uncle Frank, Aunt Anne, Uncle Bud, Uncle Charlie, Toni's dad George, and everyone else who we have lost. You are showing them all how to drive a tractor and dance the sword dance. I miss you more than I can say....

Cecilia Jones

October 16, 2020

Will always remember your Scottish dancing and your smile in all your days of suffering. Rest peacefully, pain free and teach everyone in heaven how to dance that little gig!!! With Love and Prayers .

Letty Soto

October 16, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the entire family.
Dina , you’re moms love story is better than the notebook, from day one when you mention their love story, I wanted to hear more.
She will never be forgotten , she is in heaven where there is peace and happiness.
Pray for god to heal the wound, keep her memory alive. She raised you right and she could never ask for a better daughter so dedicated to her like you. There is no other love like our mother’s, keep her close to your ❤️ now and always. She is in heaven and pain free no more sorrow or worries. Know she is not suffering anymore.

Our deepest condolences during these difficult times. 10/15/20

Soto family

Dina Marocco

October 15, 2020

My mom was the best of us all. She never had a bad thing to say. While MS destroyed her body, it never defeated her. She was so strong, her entire life. She left everything she was comfortable with to take on her life as a Navy wife and mom. I will forever be in awe of her spirit. I miss her so much. She was so beautiful and her smile could light up a room!! If I am ever half as amazing as she was, I will be so happy. Love you forever, mom.


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