Michelle J. Diaz

February 1, 1967November 22, 2021

Michelle Jeanette Diaz, 54 of Santa Paula, CA passed away on November 22, 2021. She was born on February 1, 1967 to Philip Diaz Sr. and Joyce Philips. She was a life time resident of Santa Paula. Michelle was a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend.

In 1980, Michelle met the father of her children, Pepe; they were two years apart. Pepe was in 9th grade and Michelle was in 8th. He would give her rides on his bike to and from school. That is when it all started. Four years later, they had their first son, Little Jose. Followed by twin girls, Jeanette and Sabrina. Sadly, Jeanette was called home to the Lord just under a month later. One of the hardest things to do for parents is to bury a child. Michelle and Pepe got through it together; and continued to be a great mom and dad to Little Jose and Sabrina. Three years after having their twins, Richard was born. He was the baby and she made sure everyone knew it.

They would always throw big birthday parties for their children. They would take yearly camping trips to Yosemite with all their families and friends, creating so many great memories. She loved to cook for her family, bake and play her scratchers. She loved to bake pecan pies, pumpkin pies and persimmon cookies, but her favorite was upside down pineapple cake and we will never forget it. Anytime we went somewhere, it was always a process. It would take her hours to get ready, makeup, hair and deciding what clothes, she was going to wear, and it was always worth the wait.

She was, preceded in death by her daughter, Jeanette Nicole Gonzales; Her parents, Philip Diaz Sr. and Joyce Philips, Her brother; Philip Nicolas Diaz; Her sister, Cristina Guzman and her brother, Robert “Bobby” Rodriguez.

She is survived by her children: Sabrina Gonzales (David Licon), Richard Gonzales and Jose Gonzales Jr. (Selina Nevarez); The father of her children, Jose “Pepe” Gonzales Sr.; Grandchildren: Sophia Gonzales, 13, Laylah Licon, 11, Charlotte Gonzales, 8 and David Licon Jr., 8. Her brothers: David and Rodney Diaz. Her sister in law, Roma Vega-Diaz and lots of nieces nephews and cousins. We will love you and miss you mom and now you are up there with your daughter, your mom, your dad, your brothers and sisters watching over us. Until the day we meet again mom, We love you.


8 December


4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Funeraria Del Angel Santa Paula

128 South Eighth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, masks are required. No food or drink. Thank you.
8 December


7:00 pm

Funeraria Del Angel Santa Paula

128 South Eighth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, masks are required. No food or drink. Thank you.
9 December

Holy Mass

10:00 am

Our Lady of Guadalupe

427 N. Oak St.
Santa Paula, CA 93060


Michelle J. Diaz

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Rosalie Hill

December 7, 2021

So many memories where do I start? Thank you for opening your home to me, letting my mom drop me off with a duffle bag when she couldn't handle me anymore. I loved sitting on your bed talking, watching you get ready for the day and it took so long but you came out of your room radiant, gorgeous each time! I ddnt think the last time I seen you, was when you rubbed my dads hospital butt cream all over your face, hands & arms thinking it was lotion lol.. im glad our last memory together was funny, I can picture your beautiful smile right now! So many other memories my eyes are filled with tears as I type.. my heart has comfort knowing you are safe in heaven now, Rest In Paradise, till we meet again! I LOVE YOU TIA...

alex medrano

December 7, 2021

I remember growing up I would always go to pepe and Michelle's house on pleasant . And she would yell "handoman" 🤣 she was always in great spirits and I really liked going to there house and visit. Who would have known as I got older I would be part of the family. Every time we would see her we would pull over and talk to her. Now she is resting and one day we will see eachother again. May she rest in heaven 🙏 😢

Camille Martinez

December 6, 2021

Last time I saw Michelle was about 2 months ago. She was at my Nanas house ( Charlotte Martinez) she was so happy to see my little sister and I & couldn’t believe how big we were already. She was so loving, bright and full of happiness just from that little time together. Pepe and Michelle sure did teach that to all of their children.

My deepest condolences ❤️
~ Camille Martinez

Bobby Martinez

December 6, 2021

Michelle at Rosies baby shower in 1996. Always so loving and helpful, she will forever be missed.

We love you all and send our deepest condolences.
~ The Martinez Family. Bobby, Angie, Rosie, Camille, & Karina

Jose Gonzales

December 6, 2021

To my Mom
I’ll love you forever Mom. All of our talks, all of our memories will always be in my heart. Your legacy will continue as I teach all the things you and Dad taught me, to our children. I love you so much Mom. Until we meet again.

Love you forever Mom
Your first born

Annette Gutierrez

December 4, 2021

My condolences to the family. I always wonder how Michelle was doing. As growing up I was baby sat by my my aunt Joyce and always thought Michelle was a beautiful daughter my aunt had. I had left for many years and when I came back home asked about her through family. But not successful in our meeting one day very sad to know she is gone .

Matthias James Gonzales

December 2, 2021

Sending my most sincere condolence to you all. Jose "Pepe" and Jose Jr. Gonzales and the rest of the family. Michelle now belongs to the heavens above and may she rest in the loving arms of the lord.

Amor Eterno
Tú eres la tristeza de mis ojos
Que lloran en silencio por tu amor
Me miro en el espejo y veo en mi rostro
El tiempo que he sufrido por tu adiós
Obligo a que te olvide el pensamiento
Pues siempre estoy pensando en el ayer
Prefiero estar dormida que despierta
De tanto que me duele que no estés

Como quisiera, ay, que tú vivieras
Que tus ojitos jamás se hubieran cerrado nunca
Y estar mirándolos
Amor eterno, e inolvidable
Tarde o temprano estaré contigo
Para seguir amándonos
Yo he sufrido tanto por tu ausencia
Desde ese día hasta hoy, no soy feliz
Y aunque tengo tranquila mi consciencia
Sé que pude haber yo hecho más por ti
Oscura soledad estoy viviendo
La misma soledad de tu sepulcro
Tú eres el amor del cual yo tengo
El más triste recuerdo de Acapulco
Como quisiera, ay, que tú vivieras
Que tus ojitos jamás se hubieran cerrado nunca
Y estar mirándolos
Amor eterno, e inolvidable
Tarde o temprano estaré contigo
Para seguir amándonos

Love Eternal
You are the sadness in my eyes
That weep in silence for you love
I look at myself in the mirror and see my face
The time I've suffered because of your goodbye
I force my thought to forget you
Because I'm always thinking of yesterday
I'd rather be sleeping than awake
Because of how much it hurts that you are not here
How I wish, ay*, that you lived
That your little eyes never had closed
And to be looking at them
Love eternal and unforgettable
Sooner or later I will be with you
To continue loving each other
I have suffered so much due to your absence
Since that day up to today, I'm not happy
And even though tranquil is my conscience
I know that I could have done more for you
Dark solitude I am living,
The same solitude of your grave
You are the love of which I have
The saddest memory in Acapulco
How I wish, ay*, that yo

Kay Wilson-Bolton

December 1, 2021

We would regularly see Michelle. She always had a good word and was kind, no matter what kind of day she was having. She was so proud of her family and grateful for their love and loyalty.

Twerp Huerta

November 25, 2021

I knew Michelle since I was in the 7th grade , She always looked out for me when I was running around Santa Paula, the coolest O.G ever, She wasn’t afraid of anything & her heart was huge , May you Rest In Peace now Michelle - Love Always That little Brat Twerp -