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Obituary: Helen S. Gifford

June 27, 1915 - Feb. 25, 2013

Helen S. Gifford, a proud native of Carson City, Nevada, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 25, 2013 at Mountain Springs Assisted Living in Carson City. She was 97 years old and lived a full and rich life.

Helen was born, June 27, 1915, on her grandfather’s home ranch in Carson City. She was the oldest child of John Robert and Helen Schulz. Helen married Charles V. Gifford on February 14, 1938 in the original Saint Teresa’s church in Carson City. Charlie and Helen settled in San Leandro, CA where they lovingly raised their two children Catherine and Charles.

Helen worked for many years as a secretary, and she spent most of her career working for the Wear Ever division of Alcoa. Helen and her husband were avid gardeners and she worked alongside him in the nursery business. Together they proudly cultivated their beautiful home garden yard for all to enjoy. Besides the beauty there was a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables to be shared. To her last days, Helen remained an avid gardener.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Charles, and daughter, Catherine Murray. She is survived by her son, Charles R. Gifford; her granddaughters, Michelle Murray and Doreen (Brian) Cadieux; her great granddaughters, Lainey and Hailey Cadieux; and son in law, Thomas Murray

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1 p.m. at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 3000 N. Lompa Lane, Carson City.

A memorial banquette will follow the service. Location to be announced.


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The Nevada Appeal Updated Mar 18, 2013 04:00PM Published Mar 18, 2013 04:00PM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.