Helen Marian Reiman Marsden, 88, of Ashton, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10.
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A lifetime resident of the Ashton, Idaho area, Helen was born Nov. 9, 1924, to Joseph T. and Blanche Murdoch Reiman at Warm River and attended grade school there. Later the family moved to Ashton, where she graduated from Ashton High School in 1942. Her siblings included one sister, Jean "Babe" Tighe, and two brothers, Lynn and Kay Reiman, all deceased.
Helen worked in the City Drug Store after high school until her 1946 marriage, in the Idaho Falls Temple, to John Curtis Marsden of Squirrel, Idaho, who is now deceased. They were life-long members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Helen held many church callings. She especially loved serving the Primary children and the other women in her ward. She created the first Relief Society History Book for the Marysville Ward, and will always be remembered as a faithful and compassionate visiting teacher.
After being widowed in 1989, she worked in the Idaho Falls Temple for many years; her favorite assignment was helping the new brides as they came to the temple to be married.
As a young mother she became an expert in cake decorating using much of the profit to fund her favorite work: gathering genealogy records and histories of her ancestors. The history books she created from her research initialized acquaintances among her far-flung Reiman cousins, from Kansas to Australia. She also kept history books for each of her children's families which continue to inspire and delight them.
Her talents seemed without limit. She led the Squeaky Squirrels 4-H Club for many years, sewed clothing for her children, could shoot a mean .22 rifle, drive a loaded grain truck and build a campfire without thinking about it. She volunteered with the Ashton Visitors Center and was instrumental in organizing and contributing to the publishing of the town's history book. She loved watermelon and chocolate, and all her grand and great-grandchildren.
Helen was a woman of boundless energy who participated on the Ashton women's softball team until well into her 70s.
She also loved to garden and shared her raspberry bounty each summer with all the neighbors and family. Her favorite scene in the whole world was the Tetons - in every kind of weather, in every season of the year.
Helen will be greatly missed by her son, Gary (Susan) Marsden, of Ashton; daughters, Jeanie (Kim) Jenkins, of Las Vegas, Nev., MaryLee (Charles) Dawsey, of Prosser, Wash., DeeAnn (Guy) Johnson, of Fruit Heights, Utah; and daughter-in-law, Mary Marsden Barney, of Cedar City, Utah; along with 15 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and a son, Steven R Marsden.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, at the Ashton 3rd Ward Chapel. The family will receive friends Sunday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. both times at the church. Interment in the Pineview Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to www.baxterfh.com.
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on Feb. 14, 2013