1925 ~ 2012|
Helen Stephanie Cardwell (Nokes, Fitch) 87. Beloved mother, Grandmother and Great grandmother passed away peacefully November 20, 2012 as she battled cancer.
Helen was born July 31, 1925 in Murray Utah to Frank and Violet (Magnusson) Diamond.
She married Charles Stanley Nokes (deceased 1952), Joseph W. Fitch (deceased 1962) and Keith G. Cardwell who loved and cherished her for 33 years until his death in 2003.
Helen was a graduate from Murray High school. In her early years, she worked at the Murray pharmacy. Later in her life she worked at AT&T until she retired in 1983
Helen was known for her red hair, feisty personality and diva glasses. At age 27, she was widowed with three children, and widowed again with three teenagers and a four year old. She survived breast cancer at the age of 44, and four other bouts of cancer.
Helen was an active member of the LDS Church & was blessed with many friends. She loved the arts and loved to golf and travel with her dear Keith.
Helen is survived by her sister Mary Anderson, her children; Michael N. Fitch (Mary), Cathy S. Espil (John), Claudia A. Bellamy (Brian) and Keith's children, Scott Cardwell, Brent Cardwell and Jan (Bob) Horton, 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother John, sons Stephen and Charlie, great granddaughter Abigail, and her three Husbands.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held Saturday December 1, at 11:00 a.m. At the Union Fort 6th Ward, 6770 S 500 E Midvale, UT. Friends and family can meet one hour earlier at the ward house prior to the services. Helen will be laid to rest with her late husband Keith Cardwell at the Wasatch Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Huntsman Cancer institute.
Published in Deseret News on Nov. 29, 2012