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Helen Beck passed away in her home in Higginsville, Missouri, on May 5, 2009. Helen was born on September 30, 1935 in Corder, Missouri, spending her childhood there.

She married John Beck in 1956 and they resided in Higginsville before moving to Southern California. Helen and John moved to Chico in 1964 after John was hired to teach at Chico Junior High School. John later transferred to Chico Senior High where he coached the football team for many years. Helen will be long remembered for her support of John's Œboys'. Although she did not have children of her own, she mothered many students----cooking, feeding and even washing uniforms for her Chico Hi Panthers. Her many friends were always welcomed to her home and enjoyed her hospitality, wonderful cooking and her ability to lift your spirits with her sense of humor.

Helen enjoyed many hobbies and was especially fond of a group of dear friends that participated in a ceramics group for many years. She was a member of Our Divine Savior Catholic Church.

Helen is survived by her husband, John of Higginsville; her brother, Wayne of St. Louis; and many nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Higginsville in her memory.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 7, 2009
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