Claudia Lee Chaffin-Ancona

February 9, 1951May 9, 2018

Claudia Lee Chaffin-Ancona, “Mocha”, passed away with her son by her side on May 8th. Known to most as Claudia, she was affectionately named Mocha by her granddaughter. Born to Fred and Bernice Chaffin in Avenal, CA, Claudia grew up surrounded by friends and family. She briefly left the Central Valley to attend nursing school in Oakland but spent the remainder of her wonderful life in the valley.

Mocha’s greatest joy was her son Fred and granddaughter Ilona. She showered them with love, and would tell anyone that would listen about her pride for both of them. Mocha was steadfast in her Christian faith and shared a love for this country and the men and women in uniform that was unwavering and infectious.

As a nurse for over 40 years, Mocha dedicated her life to helping others. Most of her career was spent specializing in Oncology and she was honored with a Pearl Moore Career development award. However, it was the special people she cared for as well as their families that meant the most to her. After retirement, Mocha continued helping others; compiling kits for the homeless, volunteering with the American Legion and Lemoore Christian Aid and Renewed.

Mocha loved the outdoors. Mammoth Pools, Bass Lake (though she’d complain about the squishy mud getting between her toes) and Moro Bay were among her favorite memory making locations. She shared time in these places with friends and family from the time she was a child up until very recently. Claudia ensured that everyone in her camp, the next camp, and the entire campground was well fed and taken care of. In recent years Mocha’s body began failing, but her spirit remained strong. Her friends and family will fondly remember Mocha’s many displays of her determined, can-do spirit. Sitting in her walker taking archery lessons with her granddaughter and last summer in Hawaii the day after dialysis, summoning the strength to get in the pool and hold her granddaughter up for family chicken fights, were two recent examples of how her beautiful spirit persevered.

Claudia was a dog person and loved her dogs; Especially Tammy her first dog, Big Boy her constant companion for 19 years and her most recent dog Cocopuff.

A graveside service for Claudia is planned for 10:30 am, June 2nd at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, 40054 Calaveras Ave Coalinga, CA 93210. Following the service, a celebration of life and lunch is planned for 1:30 PM at the FauntLeRoy Home 4778 W Alluvial Fresno, CA 93722. Claudia’s family requests casual attire and encourages wearing the color blue, Mocha’s favorite.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Lemoore Christian Aid and Renewed or any local homeless charity in your area.

Mocha is loved dearly by many and missed beyond measure. We love you, Mocha.


  • Fred Firth, Son


  • Graveside Service Saturday, June 2, 2018

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Elaine Butterfield-Barrows

August 27, 2018

It's been almost 4 months since my dear friend passed away and I think of her everyday. She was my friend for 50+ years and my constant companion for 10 until I moved back to Texas. She was so strong during her illness. She often said her middle name was Go....and boy did we! She never let her illness hold her back, I marveled at her strength and resilience. And her heart...she was sometimes crusty on the outside, she spoke her mind, but inside she was pure gold. She was an angel on earth, and I'm sure an angel with golden wings in heaven. I didn't deserve such a friend and I hope she realized how much I loved her and now miss her. Next life honey, next life....Go Go Go!!

marian ROSE

May 31, 2018

We had some good times at ASP for all those years......I will always remember you.
I was thrilled when you came out to Cape Cod a few years ago to see me and my family. We took many trips every day to see the world filled with history and good foods.
I will always remember you with love, hugs and prayer.
Mom enjoyed you immensely too.
Nurse Rose

Carolynn Peterson

May 18, 2018

So many memories over the last 30 plus years.