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Obituary: Helen P. Gillett

Helen P. Gillett 1913 ~ 2005 Helen Kristina Pearson Gillett, age 92, passed away September 4, 2005, at her home. She was born June 26, 1913, in Salt Lake City to Andreas Oscar Pearson and Hedvig Elisabeth Bjork Pearson. She married Herman Gillett May 5, 1932, in Heber, Utah. Marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Helen loved to read and was especially fond of poetry. She could capture the attention of her family with stories of her youth on Highland Drive. While Helen dearly loved Christmas she seemed to enjoy enriching it for others even more. Her homemaking skills included crocheting, gardening, and baking the hundreds of cookies she prepared for Christmas as well as the best apple pie you've ever eaten. She learned frugality and sensitivity from her Swedish immigrant parents and her experiences of the Great Depression. Helen had an intuitive sense for the needs of family and friends and the generosity of spirit to help, offer, and even surprise them. She was the champion of the under dog and taught her children there was good in everyone. She enjoyed trick candles, toys that whirled and buzzed, and the delight her mischief brought to children. Helen inherited a green thumb from her parents which brought her garden to life and beautified the world around her. She employed and taught her grandchildren hard work and the skills of caring for a garden. They loved their memories of trimming the rose bushes, mowing the lawn, and working at the cabin. She instilled the pride of a job well done and built confidence by the praise she gave. She made flowers grow, but she will be remembered most for how she made people bloom. She is survived by her six children: Lowell (Janet) Gillett, Dick (Sharon) Gillett, Helen Jeanne (Marlow) Salisbury, Carol (Dave) Gough, Susan (Bart) Leeflang, Christine (Steve) Oesterle, 28 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, two granddaughters: Tanya Gillett Blake and Andrea Gough, her brother Elmer Pearson, and sisters Alice Jones and Gladys Raikes. Funeral services will be held 12 noon, on Friday, September 9, 2005 at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 So. Highland Dr. Family and friends may call Thurs. evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services. Entombment: Wasatch Lawn Mausoleum.