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Helen H. Zeldin Obituary
In Loving Memory
Helen H. Zeldin, a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, died on March 12, 2014, at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, Maryland. She was 95. The cause of death was medical complications following successful hip surgery on February 17, according to her daughters. Helen was born and raised in New York City. She met her future husband Arthur in Evander High School, N.Y.C. They married in 1940, a year after she graduated from Hunter College with a major in Spanish and he from M.I.T. with a major in mining engineering. The two New Yorkers spent their first year of marriage in the Mojave Desert, living in one room of a two-room cabin in a gold mining camp in Ivanpah, CA. The nearest population center was Las Vegas, Nevada, at that time a town of only about 2,000. Recreation was a weekly trip into Vegas for a movie, or visits to their friends' ranch. During WWII, Arthur went to work for Basic Magnesium Inc. and Helen worked at the Bureau of Reclamation in Boulder City. They were among the first residents of what grew to be Henderson, Nevada. Helen and Arthur ultimately settled in Magna, Utah, for several years, living on the "row," a small settlement of company houses provided by Arthur's new employer, Kennecott Copper Corp. Subsequently they moved to Salt Lake City. Over the years, Helen taught Latin and Spanish in public and private schools in Salt Lake, learned Chinese, raised two daughters, and became actively involved in women's volunteer organizations, including Eastern Star, P.E.O., and W.A.I.M.E. She has served as president of her local P.E.O. chapter, and she helped organize a major W.A.I.M.E. conference in Salt Lake, but she especially enjoyed the role of program chairman, coming up with many innovative ideas for speakers and topics of discussion. Helen and Arthur loved Salt Lake and the many friends they made there, although they also were very happy in Towson, Maryland, where they lived from 1963-1970.
In 1990, they moved to Leisure World in Silver Spring, Maryland, where Helen remained involved in her P.E.O. and W.A.I.M.E. activities. She and Arthur also continued to be world travelers, visiting nearly every continent and dozens of countries. Helen and Arthur, lifelong sweethearts, were married for over 67 years when Arthur died in April 2008. Although she lived on for another six years, Helen missed Arthur, saying she would "forever and ever."
Vivacious, sweet-tempered, and indomitable, Helen was loving and much loved by those who knew her. Wherever she lived, she formed lasting friendships, and everyone remembers especially the great conversations they had with her. Helen was quick in thinking and in movement, always curious, always an optimist, and never mean-spirited; her friends fondly nicknamed her "sunshine" because of her sunny personality and "speedy Gonzalez" because she was so petite and walked so fast.
Survivors include daughters Carol Zeldin Whitby of New York City and Wendy I. Zeldin of Washington, D.C.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 16 to Mar. 23, 2014
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