Our beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, Helen Erickson Noble, peacefully departed this earthly life with her two loving children by her side to be rejoined in the eternities with the love of her life, Charles Sidney Noble, on Oct. 5, 2017. Helen was known for her creative talents, her friendly and welcoming demeanor, and a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
She was born at home in Farr West, Utah to Hilmar E. and Mary Luetta Randall Erickson on July 1, 1924. She graduated from Ogden High school before attending Weber College and Brigham Young University for two years. She met her forever sweetheart while attending BYU and they were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Sept. 14, 1949.
Helen and Sid lived in Ogden, Bountiful, Cleveland, Chicago, Vernal, Tooele and finally Centerville. While the locations varied throughout their marriage, the constant was a loving home where friends old and new were always welcome to stay, to have a meal, and to have some friendly conversation. Dad passed away in 1977 and Mom has longed for this wonderful reunion every day since.
Mom reached a long time goal when she graduated, just prior to her 50th birthday, from Governors State University, Illinois. Mom had a great desire to serve a full-time mission which she was able to do at BYU-Hawaii (88-89) and another in the Washington Tacoma Mission (92-93). She also served as a part-time hostess/missionary on Temple Square and at the Church Office Building (1994-2000). Helen was a published poet, author, and historian, she was a member of the Utah State Poetry Society, League of Utah Writers and American Penwomen. She was also active in the South Davis Garden Club and Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She travelled the world from Asia to Europe and even Egypt and the Middle East. Still, no matter where her earthly accomplishments and responsibilities took her; her children and grandchildren remained her first priority. We will never forget family time on trips, playing games, cooking holiday and birthday dinners, gardening (oh, the raspberries!) and working on our family histories and genealogy together.
Mom spent many of the last decades of her life living with Barbara in Centerville and Farmington. She was a calming and supporting presence to have in the home and around her grandchildren. The hole that the loss of everything wonderful that made up our mother and grandmother will not be an easy one to fill in our lives. We will always remember her as the best wife, mother and grandmother and enduring friend to so many—she always wanted everyone to feel included and loved and know of her testimony of Jesus Christ. Many family members and close friends preceded her in death. We are sure they are also enjoying sweet and joyful reunions.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Barbara N. Whelan, Farmington, UT and her son, Eric Charles Noble (Lori) in Lakewood, CO, eight grandchildren: Cori Whelan, King George, VA, Scott Whelan (Briana), West Haven, UT, Cathy Roberts (Eric), Las Vegas, NV, Deborah Faehnrich (Jeffrey), Westminster, CO, David Whelan (Andrea), King George, VA, Kristin Smith (Ryan), King George, VA, Derek Noble and Andrew Noble, Lakewood, CO. Also 16 great grandchildren, Sean Lewis, Kollin (Guatemala City Central Mission), Dalton, Caden and Rylan Whelan, Alyssa, Christian (Honduras Comayaguela Mission), Abby, Sydnee and Sophie Roberts, and Devon, Lindsey and Emily Faehnrich, and Chloe, Avery and Eden Whelan. Her husband Sid, her parents and only brother, Eldred Erickson, preceded her in death.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at the Shepard Creek Ward, 1533 North 1075 West, Farmington. There will be a visitation for family and friends on Friday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Russon Mortuary, 1941 N. Main Street, Farmington and from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church prior to services. Interment — Centerville City Cemetery. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com