Tzena Ramona “Mona” Carpenter, 54, died June 11, 2016, as a result of complications from a glioblastoma brain tumor. Born aAug. 6, 1961, in Port Arthur, Texas, Mona grew up in Patterson but was a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Mona became a consummate Physical Therapy Assistant after graduating from Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge. She worked for several clinics in the Baton Rouge area, but began her career at the Baton Rouge General Mid City Clinic where she forged so many of her lifelong friends. Mona embraced life and stared down obstacles including epilepsy, and cervical and ovarian cancer.
Whether parasailing over the ocean, hurtling down a zip line, or just lovingly toiling in her yard and garden, she loved her life with her husband, Rob Carpenter, and her dogs, Jaddo, Buckley, Emma and Pico.
She leaves behind her husband, Rob; many, many friends from her professional life, her church and her beloved neighbors; her mother, Lola Rivera; her sisters, Rebecca Adams, and Kayla Rivera-Smith and her husband Matt; her brother, Aaron Brown and his wife, Roslind Brown; and three nieces and two nephews, Shane Price, Chelsey Price, Jacob Brown, Jacklyn Brown-Greene and Erin Lyn Brown.
Ramona was preceded in death by her father, Earnie Donald Brown; and her stepfather, Gustavo Rivera.
A jazz memorial service honoring her life will be held at University Methodist Church in Baton Rouge on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 11 a.m. A second tree planting memorial party will be held in the fall at her home.
A memorial fund will be set up in her name at University Methodist Church. Arrangements by Church Funeral Services & Crematory, Baton Rouge, 225-293-4174.

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