Helen Dorothy Galyen, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Holker Family on Aug. 4, 1917. For someone who was born weighing only a little more than two pounds, she grew to become a strong, independent woman.
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Helen spent most of her childhood in Kansas City, Mo., then at the age of 12 she moved with her family to California. In 1933, she graduated from George Washington High School in Los Angeles.
She married Earl Galyen in 1955, and they were married for almost 40 years.
She enjoyed working in aerospace for more than 30 years, and was proud of the fact that she was the only female planner at the time of her retirement from Rockwell International in 1978. They lived in Woodland Hills, Calif.
The Galyens moved to Lake Isabella, Calif., and enjoyed their retirement together with family and friends for 16 happy years, until Earl's death in 1994. Helen moved to Belgrade in 2005 to be closer to her family.
Helen was so creative and artistic in many ways. She made beautiful hand-stitched quilts, unique oil paintings, and delicately painted china. She created fabulous meals and was famous for her delicious lemon meringue pies. She used her creativity, humor and generosity in the way she loved us as a family. She always cheered us on and supported our dreams.
Helen passed away peacefully on May 27, 2008, at the age of 90 years.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Dana Galyen, her grandchildren Aimee and Jona Verreth, Kevin and Emily Galyen, and her great-grandchildren, Caleb and Lukas Verreth and MacKenzie and Ryan Galyen, all of Bozeman.
A memorial service to honor her will be held on June 3.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 1, 2008