Helen Muller

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Helen Tyson Muller

December 20, 1939 -

December 19, 2017

After a long battle with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, Helen Muller passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday morning, December 19, 2017. Her husband, Werner, was by her side. She spent 46 years committed to, and engaged in, the community of Las Vegas, New Mexico; 41 years living on a small ranch south east of Las Vegas on "the Mesa" and with her young family, sustained the "Wildwood Flower" ranch in the upper reaches of the Sapello River.

Memories of Helen's life abound in the hearts and minds of her family and friends. She was humble, talented, independent, resourceful, generous and always optimistic.

She is survived by Werner Muller (her husband of 53 years); three children, Michelle Muller Wilkins (husband Jay Wilkins), Colette "Coco" Muller Lee (husband Christopher Lee) and Carlos Muller (wife Bethany Akers Muller); and eight grandchildren (Madison Wilkins, Amani Rogers-Muller, Lane Wilkins, Hayden Lee, Claire Lee, Che Muller, Berit Wilkins, and Anya Muller ).

Helen lived a life of commitment and service to multilingual and multicultural diversity. She spent two college summers working with the American Friends Service Committee in community development in Mexico and Lebanon and after graduation, spent two more years working for the AFSC in Tanzania, East Africa, where she met Werner.

Helen excelled in languages and spoke English, French, Swahili, Spanish, and German. She earned a BA degree at Wellesley College, an MA in Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and an MA in Political Science at New Mexico Highlands University. She supported herself in graduate school by teaching Swahili to Peace Corps Volunteers and teacher trainees for East Africa and she taught the first and only Swahili course at NMHU as part of the Ethnic Studies program in the early 1970s.

Her skills expanded during her life in San Miguel County. Helen was a rancher/farmer and shared her talents as leader of the Blue Ribbon Wranglers 4-H club. She was a talented musician, a substitute teacher, an artist, photographer, journalist, and the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Daily Optic for several years in the late 1980s.

Helen was a devoted wife and parent, and loved and was grateful to her extended family in Las Vegas, and San Miguel County, in this land of enchantment.

She lived a simple life focused on the present and has now moved "from time to eternity." She often said she just wanted to "be."

In her memory, we share an excerpt from the poem, "God of the Open Air:'

"Let me once more have sight

Of the deep sky and the

far-smiling land,

Then gently fall on sleep,

And breathe my body back to Nature's care,

My spirit out to Thee, God of the Open Air."

-Henry Van Dyke

A private family service will be held at a later date .

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the:

American Friends

Service Committee,

1501 Cherry Street,

Philadelphia, PA 19102,


New Mexico Highlands University Foundation

Scholarship Fund

Las Vegas NM, 87701

or a .

The family of Helen Tyson Muller has entrusted the care of their beloved one to Avista Cremation and Burial of Santa Fe.

1-505-438-2959 or


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2500 Camino Entrada
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 438-2959
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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 29, 2017
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