PRICE - Helen Christena Neilsen Mathis age 95, passed away on Dec. 14, 2012 in Green River. She was born in Mona on Aug. 19, 1917 to John Strong Neilsen and Hazel Vest Neilsen. She was the third of 13 children. After graduating from Juab County High School, Helen became a Registered Nurse through Salt Lake General Hospital. She began her nursing career in Carbon County after being hired by the hospital superintendent, Murray Mathis. They later married on Aug. 19, 1939 in the Salt Lake Temple. He died June 1, 1993. Helen lived her entire married life in Price, where she raised five children and was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. SheÂ served in many callings, includingÂ more thanÂ a decade as a temple worker. A lifetime learner, she opened up her home to her grandchildren, nieces and nephews while they attended The College of Eastern Utah. Her interests included sewing, reading,Â bird watching, gardening, travel and feeding people. Her family is grateful for her legacy of faith and her nurturing generous spirit.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers and sister: John (Zola), Reed (Joan), and Mary (Arland), and two grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Stan (Jerilyn) Mathis, Castle Dale, Ann (Lee) Thayn, Green River, Wayne (Dianne) Mathis, Stafford, Virginia, Mary (Boyd) Thayn, Wellington, Elizabeth Gardner, Altamont, 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, brothers, James (Verdi), Paul (Edna), Calvin (Sarah), Grant (Roberta)Â and sister, Elaine. A special thanks to Community Nursing Services which enabled mom to remain at home.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Price LDS 4th Ward Chapel, 540 E. 400 N. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Price, 680 E. 100 S., and also on Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Price City Cemetery. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary. Family and friends may sign the guest book and share memories of Helen at www.fausettmortuary.com.