Helen Cina Thomas Williams, 97, loving mother and life-long resident of Malad, Idaho passed away peacefully Friday, September 28, 2018 in Hyde Park, Utah.
Helen was born in Malad, Idaho on October 21, 1920 to Peter Thomas and Ceinwedd (Cina) R. Jenkins Thomas. She was the first of four children.
She was raised in St. John, a few miles west of Malad and attended 1st through 8th grade there. She graduated from Malad High School in 1938 and then attended Henager Business School in Salt Lake City, UT. After returning to Malad she worked for the Federal Land Bank office as a secretary. On May 13, 1942 she married Glen B. Williams in Boise, Idaho where he was stationed with the military. A short time later she traveled with him living in California, Nevada, Oregon, and South Dakota, while he served our country. When Glen was sent to the South Pacific, she returned to St. John and lived with her parents until Glen was released from the military in 1945. Helen and Glen had four children—Vard (born while Glen was overseas), Lon, Edward, and Kathryn.
Helen was a loving, caring mother and wonderful wife who was always supportive of Glen and her children. Whether she was managing the household around Glen’s work schedule, helping with the business bookkeeping, or assisting the children with their school assignments, she was always taking good care of her family. She was an excellent cook and provided delicious large family dinners for the holidays and throughout the year. She was well known for her tender lamb, goulash, and cheesy potatoes. She enjoyed knitting and taught 4H knitting classes. After Glen passed away, she became an avid reader, enjoying historical fiction and mysteries. She often read several books a week. Helen was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
She is survived by her children: three sons, Glen Vard (Linda) Williams of Boise, ID; Lon Thomas (Kay, deceased) Williams of West Valley City, UT; Edward G. Williams of Malad, ID; and one daughter, Kathryn Williams of Boise, ID; eleven grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers, Kahlil (KP) Thomas, Thomas Garth Thomas, and a sister, Kathryn Thomas Bogk.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 12 noon in the Horsley Funeral Home. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday morning at the funeral home from 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Malad City Cemetery.