Helen Louise Heier, 84, of Bozeman passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, with her son, Vince, by her side.
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She was born Feb. 21, 1923, in Missoula to parents Walter and Marion (Nelson) Anderson. When she was six months old, they moved to Wilmington, Calif.
Her father died at the very young age of 30, leaving her mother with five young children. They moved to Warren, Minn., to live with their grandfather for four years. Her mother remarried, and she and her family moved to Springdale, Mont.
In 1937 the whole family moved to the Gallatin Valley to ranch. Helen graduated from Gallatin High School in 1941 and in the fall married Anton "Tony" Heier. They went to Oakland, Calif., so Tony could work in the Shipyards Welding.
After two years of welding, Tony served in the U.S. Army for 2 1/2 years in the South Pacific. Following his honorable discharge, they moved back to Bozeman in 1946. Their son Vince was born in 1948.
Helen was a stay at home mom while Vince was young. Her first job was at the Bozeman Livestock Auction writing up buyers on sale days. She worked for J.C. Penney and Western Plumbing for short times. She then found her dream job, where she spent 17 years, at the Bozeman Nursery School; for six of those years she was the director. The nursery closed in 1983 when she retired.
Helen was an avid bowler; she had 43 active years bowling. She was inducted in to the Bozeman Women's Bowling Hall of Fame. She was active in the VFW Auxiliary, and belonged to the Eagles Auxiliary and the Fort Ellis Women's Club.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tony; her sister, Harriet Schleicher; and her brother, Robert Anderson.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Vince and Cathie of Belgrade; grandson, Aaron (Matt) of San Diego, Calif.; three granddaughters: Melissa of San Mateo, Calif., Heather of Bozeman, and Ashley of Longmont, Colo.; brother, Warren "Bud" Anderson of Bozeman; sister, Jackie Mayer of Long Beach, Calif.
Helen loved so many and always said "If loving is a sin, I am the biggest sinner of all". She loved to gamble on the machines (using good judgment of course) and made many friends at the local casinos. She met many young workers there who she fondly called "her kids". She enjoyed their stories and learned all she could about them.
Cremation has taken place. A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Sunset Hills Cemetery. Family and friends, please meet at 1:15 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Chapel for procession to the cemetery.
Memorials may be made in her name to the American Heart Association and/or local Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dahlcares.com
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 28, 2007