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Helen Swasey

FERRON - Helen Jewkes Ware Swasey died May 25, 2005 at the Emery County Nursing Home, Ferron. She was 91.

She was born in a small log cabin in Orangeville, Aug. 8, 1913 to William H. and Grace Tatton Jewkes and grew up there with her brothers Ted and Hal, and sisters Dee, Thelma and Betty.

In 1933 she married Gilbert N. Ware and the couple made their home Orangeville and in Wattis. They had three children, Donald, Harold (who died shortly after birth), and Judith Dee. Gilbert died in 1969, and in 1973 she married Ted Swasey. Ted died in 1975.

She was a wonderful mother, homemaker and cook and was well known throughout Emery County for her exceptional pies, dinner rolls and chicken 'n noodles, everything made from scratch. She worked as a cook for many years in the place she would later call home, the Emery County Nursing Home, where she spent the last 19 years of her life.

Helen had a great zest for and love of life, and lived it to its fullest. She loved to dance and to sing and was often a member of a group that regularly sang at the old Wilberg Dance Hall, at the junction of roads that lead to Huntington, Castle Dale and Orangeville. Hopefully, Helen now not only listens to but has her own "big bouquet of roses".

She is survived by son, Donald (Joan) of Salt Lake City; daughter, Judi (Larry) Seay of Garden Grove, Calif.; granddaughters, Kimberly (Ty) Loyola and Tess (Kent) Thompson; great-grandchildren, Katie and Nicolas Loyola, all of Salt Lake City; sister, Betty (Ted) Bryan of Kenilworth; and number nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by husbands Gilbert Ware and Ted Swasey; son, Harold; sisters, Dee (Art) Waterman and Thelma (Jack) Cox; and brothers, Ted (Artell) Jewkes and Hal (Fern) Jewkes.

The family would like to extend a special thanks and much appreciation for the loving care and generous companionship given to Helen by longtime neighbor and valued friend Lavon Reid Timothy who was always there whenever she was needed.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 31, at the Orangeville City Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made in Helen's name to the Emery County Nursing Home, Box 936, Ferron, UT 84523.

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