Helen Hansen Horsley


Logan, Utah….Helen Hansen Horsley, 91, wife of E. Raymond Horsley, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, December 5, 2011. Helen was born April 30, 1920, to J. LeRoy and Clara Hansen. Growing up in Preston, Helen was the oldest child of four and had three younger brothers. She was educated in Preston schools, where she began her lifelong love of art and painting. Helen was married to Clarke William Gale of Gary, Indiana, and moved to Cleveland, Ohio. This marriage sadly ended in divorce, leaving Helen with two small daughters, Rosemary and Kathleen, to raise.

On May 28, 1946, Helen was married to George Richard Health and later sealed to him in the Idaho Falls temple. Two children, Kevin and Peggy, were born to them. George was a salesman, and provided the family with a good living and many happy times. They lived in Idaho Falls, Boise, British Columbia, and Preston. George passed away of a heart attack in 1976. Helen married in Gene Liljenquist for time in the Ogden Temple in 1977. Together, they served a mission at the Visitor’s Center at the Mesa Temple. Soon after, Gene passed away with cancer. In 1987 Helen married Raymond Brown for time in the Logan temple. Ray restored old cars and belonged to car clubs in the Utah. They were married for 11 years when Ray passed away with heart disease.

On September 26, 1998, Helen married Raymond Horsley for time in the Salt Lake Temple. Celebrating with them were all the children and their spouses from the Liljenquist, Brown and Horsley families. This truly is a tribute to the love of this great woman.

Ray worked at the desk at the Logan Temple and was a dedicated temple worker for years. Ray and Helen loved taking walks at Willow Park in the evenings and watching the sunsets. They were also regulars at the ballgames of his great-grandchildren who live in Logan.

Helen spent her life in service to others, and served in many capacities in her church and communities. Helen was an accomplished artist and painter. She was active in the art guild in Idaho Falls and the Philharmonic in Boise. She taught art classes for many years, and had works in progress continually. Her works hang in some local museums and many homes. She did portraits, but she especially loved painting the scenes of the countryside where she grew up. Helen later became an interior decorator and worked with several local stores, and eventually on her own. Her homes were always beautifully decorated and comfortable, and, even in earlier times when funds were scarce, were an example of warmth and hospitality.

Helen’s greatest love was her family. She regularly sent cards for every occasion to her many loved ones. She had visits from many of those in her extended families, especially on holidays. She has been the greatest mother and grandmother anyone could ever have.

Mom, thank you. You taught us how to see…”How many colors can you see in that mountain?” You taught us to laugh, and to laugh at ourselves. You taught us to pray, and to love the Lord. You taught us how to love. Whenever we talked about you, the subject of love came up, and we spoke of how full of love you were for each of us, and how happy you were to see us. It was a lesson that was never lost on us and one that we have each promised we will remember, as we remember you. We love you forever. You will be so dearly missed.

Helen is survived by her husband, Raymond Horsley of Logan, Rosemary Williams (Bill) of Provo, Utah, Kathleen Stanger (Bruce) of Idaho Falls, Kevin Heath (Vicki) of Idaho Falls, and Peggy Rogers (Gordon) of West Jordan. Preceding her in death were her parent s and her 2 brothers, Ariel Hansen of Seattle, Washington, and Don Hansen of Preston, Idaho.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Logan 9th Ward LDS Chapel. Friends may visit with the family from 11:30-12:45 at the church prior to the service. Condolences may be sent to www.horsleyfuneralhome.com

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