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Helen Jean (Blondin) Willis

July 26, 1930 ~ April 29, 2019 (age 88)

Helen Willis

Henrieville, Utah

Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend, Helen Jean Blondin Willis, age 88, passed away peacefully at Brookdale Senior Living in Cedar City, Utah on April 29, 2019. She was born July 26, 1930 in Kamas, Utah to Harold and Veda Turnbow Blondin. She moved to Bryce Canyon to work for Ruby Syrett where she met and married Robert Willis on October 31, 1948. Their marriage was solemized in the St George Temple on April 26, 1962.

Helen was an active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as Primary president and Sunday School teacher and in many other callings. She was a volunteer in the Garfield Foundation Thrift Store for 15 years and also was a volunteer at the Bryce Valley Elementary School. She loved the people she worked with and all the little children at school. She received the governor of Utah’s Silver Bowl Award and presidential awards for the numerous hours of service given. She volunteered up until to moving to Brookdale where she continued to volunteer at the front desk. Helen enjoyed her children, grandchildren and gardening.

Helen is survived by daughters: Carolyn (Chett) Colby, Copperas Cove, TX; Peggy (Craig) Oberhansli, Fernley, NV; Marie (Larry) Head, Boise, ID; Carla (Martin) Ramsay, Tropic; 18 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, and 7½ great-great-grandchildren. Brothers: Raymond Blondin, Hawthorne, NV; Tom Blondin, Mesa, AZ; sister, Ruth Gaw, Mesa, AZ; and numerous other family members.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her of husband of 54 years at his passing, daughter, Joann and husband Mike Copple; granddaughter, Dana Collette Oberhansli, and granddaughter-in-law, Lisa; brothers: Alfred, Karl, Robert Jr; and sister Marie.

The family would to extend thanks to Brookdale Assisted Living and her Brookdale family and Intermountain Hospice Care for the loving care they gave to her.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 12:00 Noon in the Henrieville Ward Chapel where friends may call from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Henrieville Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

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