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Helen Ash Hales


1933 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Helen Ash Hales Obituary
Helen Ash Hales passed away peacefully in her home December 11th 2015 at age 82, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born June 19, 1933 to Eldon LeRoy "Curley" Ash and Oralynn Beardall Ash in Springville, Utah. She was the third of five children and a devoted tomboy. Concerned when her younger brother Lynn was born, she asked her father if she could still be his boy.
Throughout her life she worked hard and never complained. As soon as high school let out for the day, Helen hurried to her job at the five and dime, worked until closing, then headed down the street to the drug store where it was claimed she was the best soda jerk in town. Finally at 10 p.m. she'd be walked home by her sweetheart, George G. Hales.
Not all work, Helen also enjoyed numerous extracurricular activities including being editor of the school newspaper and president of the drama club. She was a talented thespian and orator throughout her life. After high school, Helen attended LDS Hospital University of Utah Nursing School. She was a wonderful nurse, always looking out for her patients, even throwing pediatricians with unwashed hands out of her nursery by force if needed.
She married George G. Hales in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on September 11, 1956. In Blackfoot, Idaho, while George built his busy medical practice, Helen established a home where everyone felt loved and important, enjoyed home cooked family meals, and were bound by fun family traditions. Despite the demands of raising six children, Helen still made service a priority. A community organizer, she headed a citywide anti-drug program, ran numerous blood drives, and mammogram education programs.
Helen was a lifelong and devoted member of the LDS church and held many leadership callings. She served three couples' missions with George in Germany, South Africa, and Pocatello, ID. An adventurer, she skied with her family and even learned to pilot a small airplane.
Most summers were spent at their ranch in Horsecreek, Idaho. There Helen could be found cooking delicious meals, playing with grandchildren, curling up with her beloved murder mysteries, and entertaining all with her sharp wit and sometimes irreverent sense of humor.  Though in her later years her body was crippled by devastating lupus and arthritis, her spirit remained ever strong. She never complained and spent her days in hard work and service to others until the end.
Helen was the heart of the Hales family, a compassionate and tireless force for good. She will be forever missed.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, George G. Hales, and her six children: Kurt and Victoria Hales, Lisa and Clint McBride, Lesley and Stan Benson, Loralee and Steve Fine, Howard and Jennifer Hales, Matthew and Kaelyn Hales, 24 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Helen is also survived by her sister Afton and brother Lynn. She was preceded in death by her infant brother B. LeRoy, brother Harold, and her baby Bradley Darrin.
A viewing will be held Friday, December 18th from 6-8 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot, Idaho. Services will be Saturday, December 19th at the Blackfoot 6th Ward LDS Building at 11 a.m., preceded by a viewing from 9:45-10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to LDS Humanitarian Services in Helen's honor.
Published in The Morning News on Dec. 16, 2015
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