Helen Raymond Blacklock
1933 ~ 2014
Helen Raymond Blacklock, 80, died on March 10, 2014 of natural causes.
Helen Louise Shields was born the third of four children to Bert and Elizabeth Shields on March 20, 1933 in Tingley, Iowa. The family moved to Marsing, Idaho in 1941, where Helen attended school. Helen played various sports and graduated from Marsing High School in 1951.
After graduation, Helen worked at the Marsing Drug Store and the Owyhee Telephone Company. In 1953, she married Don Raymond in Marsing. In February 1961, they adopted a one-month-old baby, Jeffrey Raymond, who resides in New York City. Helen and Don were married 18 years.
Helen loved to play the piano, paint and work in her flower gardens. As a professional, Helen worked 26 years, most of them as a supervisor, in the Accounts Receivable Department for St. Al's Hospital in Boise before retiring in 1995. After her retirement, Helen volunteered at St. Al's for about ten years and worked a few tax seasons for H & R Block.
A very responsible and independent woman, Helen was proud of the fact that she paid off her mortgage before she married Glen C. Blacklock of Nampa on October 14, 1987 at Boise First Church of the Nazarene (where they met in the singles' group).
This marriage brought Helen into Glen's family of two adult children and their spouses, Al (& Karen) Blacklock, Meridian, and Ann (& Gary) Waller, Nampa; four grandchildren; and subsequently nine great-grandchildren, all of whom survive her. Helen greatly enjoyed weekly visits from the great grandchildren closest to her.
She and Glen spent many hours volunteering time at their church and at Trinity Pines Nazarene Campground in Cascade. They enjoyed traveling in their motor home and entertaining at their cabin near Placerville or hosting backyard BQs.
In 2005, Glen and Helen agreed to help re-start and support the Boise New Hope Church of the Nazarene. Helen loved singing in her church choirs for over 30 years. Helen and Glen were married almost 23 years before he died in June 2011.
In November 2013, Helen moved to Streamside Assisted Living in Nampa, where she resided until her death. Helen is also survived by a half brother, Rev. Eldon Shields, Boise, and two sisters-in-law, Delores Shields, Caldwell, and Lucille Aldrich, Nampa.
A viewing will be held on Monday, March 17, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. A memorial service will be held at Boise New Hope Church of the Nazarene on Tuesday, March 18 at 11:00 A.M. An online guest book may be signed at www.nampafuneralhome.com
Memorial gifts may be sent to New Hope Church, 8585 W. Overland Rd, Boise, ID 83709.