We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Mehl's Colonial Chapel
“May we so live to enjoy that day when the Lord may say to us, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful…enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:21).
Laura Elena Segura Gallardo died peacefully on June 9, 2022, after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born on July 17, 1967, to Joaquin and Guadalupe Segura in Michoacan, Mexico.Laura attended local Elementary and Middle Schools and after graduating from Watsonville High School, Laura continued her accomplishments at San Jose State University and Harvard Business school. It was around this time she began dating and married Hector Gallardo, of Gilroy. They were married 20 years and had two beautiful daughters, Reyna Elena (24) and Sara Bella (21). She began her career with the City of San Jose’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services department, partnering with local community members, businesses, and residents to rebuild and revitalize their neighborhoods. After leaving the City of San Jose, she went on to become Chief Executive Officer for Monarch Services in Watsonville (previously Defensa de Mujeres), a non-profit agency that provides multi-lingual crisis intervention and prevention services for women and children.
Laura loved spending time with family and friends, and never hesitated to open up her home for festive gatherings to eat, laugh, share stories of the neighborhood, and brag on the accomplishments of the family children. She was an amazing host, cook, and it wouldn’t surprise you when she turned the music on and got the party started; creating a dance floor wherever there was room. During her final years, Laura and her partner Skip Valencia enjoyed biking, wine-tasting trips, “glamping” near the beach and attending concerts.
Laura was an equity-warrior, a “take-no-shit” community activist, a Nina, mother, daughter, hermana, amiga, prima, tia, sobrina, chef, party planner, athlete and much, much more. Laura embraced the journey with her illness with dignity, pride and the Chingona mentality that she did everything with.
Laura leaves behind two daughters, Reyna Elena and Sara Bella, Mother, Guadalupe, five Siblings, Joaquin (Irene), Tito (Bertha), Claudia (Jamal), Aaron (Melissa) and Amber, seven nieces and six nephews, a great-nephew and great-niece. She was preceded in death by her father, Joaquin and her niece, Natalie.
A Rosary service will be held Thursday, June 23, 5pm at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel, 222 East Lake Avenue in Watsonville. A memorial service is scheduled for June 24th, 10am, at St. Patrick’s Church in Watsonville followed by burial at Valley Public Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her father. A reception will immediately follow.
Her daughters have set up a scholarship fund in their mother’s name to be available yearly for PV students. Laura Segura Scholarship donations can be made through Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County 7807 Soquel Dr. Aptos, CA., 95003.