Helen Naydene Pankey

Longtime Craig resident, Helen Naydene Pankey, died Jan. 9, 2004, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She was 76.

Pankey was born Aug. 6, 1927, near Fairland, Okla., the fourth of six children, to Charles and Bessie (Clark) Harvey.

Her family moved to Lander, Wyo., when she was 9 years old. She attended school and graduated high school there. After graduating from high school, Pankey moved to Denver, where she met her future husband, Harold Pankey. They were married Nov. 29, 1947. They moved back to the ranch east of Craig after they were married. Pankey worked at The Memorial Hospital for 35 years. She started as an LPN and later earned her degree from Mesa College as a Registered Nurse. Pankey was a people person and a caretaker. Her family was always her primary focus. She loved to have everyone home to eat. Pankey was a lifelong church member. She loved her church family, many of whom became cherished friends.

Pankey is survived by her daughter, Cheryl (Terry) Tomberlin, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; sons Keith (Shelley) Pankey, and Don (Cherratina) Pankey, of Craig; granddaughter, Christy (Steve) Marsteller, of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; grandsons Tim Tomberlin, of Houston, Texas, Eric (Jessica) Tomberlin, of Laramie, Wyo., Kevin (Sarah) Pankey, of Ft. Collins, Justin Pankey, Christopher Pankey, and Michael Pankey, of Craig; great-grandson, Isaac (Eric and Jessica) Tomberlin; brothers James Harvey, of Lincoln, and Norman Harvey, of Topeka; and a sister, Reba Christensen, of Petaluma, Calif.

Pankey was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Lee Pankey, and two sisters, Pansy Walker, of Hillsboro, and Velma (Ginger) Miller, of Craig.

Services were held Jan. 13, 2004, at the Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Dale Potter officiating. The selection "Beyond The Sunset" was sung by Glenn Gardner and Jodi Pogline, "Face To Face" by Glenn Gardner, and "Until Then" by Glenn Gardner and Steve Marsteller.

Pallbearers were Kevin Pankey, Christopher Pankey, Tim Tomberlin, Justin Pankey, Michael Pankey, Eric Tomberlin, and Steve Marsteller.

Honorary Pallbearers were Winfield Pankey, Leonard Miller, Eugene Miller, Gary Miller, Delbert Coyner, and Perry VanDorn.

Interment was at Craig Cemetery.

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