Helen May Briggs Evans, 95, of Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at The Willows Assisted Living Center in Blackfoot.
She was born April 16, 1918, in Woods Cross, Utah, the oldest child to Amos Archie Briggs and Elnora May Grant Briggs. She attended school in Bountiful, Utah, and graduated from Davis County High School. Following graduation, she attended the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City.
On March 12, 1943, Helen married Thain Marriner Evans in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They briefly lived in Malad and Sandy, Utah, then bought a farm in Wapello in 1947, where they have since resided, raising their family. Thain preceded her in death April 17, 1999.
Helen was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has served in all of the church auxiliaries, particularly fulfilling callings in both ward and stake Relief Society and Sunday School.
In her younger years before her marriage, she worked as a secretary. She also enjoyed traveling in this period of her life. After her marriage, she devoted her time and talents to her family. She enjoyed working with Thain and the family on the farm, raising a garden and canning produce for the family to enjoy throughout the coming year. With a growing family of four sons and a daughter, she was well known for her cookies, cakes and batches of homemade bread.
She has also served as Bingham County Farm Bureau Secretary and was Farm Bureau Woman of the Year. She loved the times spent with her family.
She is survived by her children, Craig (Shari) Evans of Rockford, Idaho, Byron (Laura) Evans of Roberts, Dean (Janet) Evans and Linda (Von) Cornelison, both of Blackfoot; and daughter-in-law, Kathy Evans of Blackfoot; 28 grandchildren; and 61 great-grandchildren with four more great-grandchildren on the way. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Bonnie Evans and Jetta Briggs; and brother-in-law, Dean Galbraith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thain M. Evans; son, Thain Lynn Evans; her parents, Arch and Nora; brother, A. Grant Briggs; and sisters, Afton Galbraith, Wanda Asay and Maxine Duerden.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to The Willows for the wonderful care given to their mother.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Wapello LDS Chapel. The family will meet with friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot and Monday for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Grove City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.