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Helen Aileen Mekjian

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icon June 1, 1931 - September 2, 2015 A heck of a woman. She was one of the most accomplished women of her time. She graduated from high school when she was sixteen. She graduated from Kansas State University when she was nineteen. She became a Home-Economics teacher and was later hired by the National Livestock and Meat Board. She traveled the country and gave demonstrations on how to prepare and cook different cuts of meat. During WWII, she enlisted in the Navy and was a nutritionist for the troops. Then she moved on to Betty Crocker and was hired in the test kitchens. Do you remember the hands you saw frosting cakes in the 1950s Betty Crocker commercials? Those were my Mother's hands. She later met my father who was a law student at William Mitchell college. They were married and had two children, and later moved to Los Angeles. She then worked at Carnation in their test kitchens. Eventually, she moved out of the corporate world and was a Home-Economics teacher at Daniel Webster Junior High until she retired at age 55. She was a strong and determined woman. She was a force behind my father's success. It was an honor to know and be raised by someone of that caliber. We will try to do you proud Mom. We love you, God Bless you, and thank you. There will be a viewing service at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village on Wednesday 9/9/2015 from to 6:00 - 8:00 PM, and a burial service on Thursday 9/10/2015 at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village at 10:00 AM.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 9 to Sept. 10, 2015
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