October 26, 2011
Helen Silzell, of Alamosa, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. She was 89.
Helen lived in Colorado all of her life. She was welcomed into this world at home in Elk Springs in May 1922 to Waller and Mary Davis Barnes. She was called "Tots" by her family.
She had an older brother and two younger sisters when their mother passed away. Helen was 3 1/2 years old at the time. She was raised by various family members, mostly in Lily Park by her grandparents, Doc and Florence Barnes.
Helen graduated valedictorian in 1940 in Hayden before moving to Denver, where she met and married Orville Silzell, of Mesa, who had just been discharged from the Navy.
They married in November 1952 at her sister's home in Grand Junction. They moved to Alamosa, where Orville had taken a job with public service as an appliance repairman. They built a home east of town where they welcomed three children. Some years later, they moved their family and built another home.
Helen was a member of the First Christian Church and was also active in the Christian Women's Club. Throughout the years, she was a 4-H leader and was involved in Boy Scouts and Extension Club. Helen had a deep faith and read and studied the Bible throughout her life.
She and Orville enjoyed camping with their family and the many pack trips taken with their horses and donkeys.
After Orville died in 1998, Helen continued to live in the family home south of town until 1 1/2 years ago, when her health declined and she moved to The Bridge, the local assisted living facility.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Ed Barnes.
Survivors include her children, Paul Silzell, Jeff (Endhang) Silzell, and Nina (Greg) Gillaspie; grandchildren Angie and Brian Gillaspie, Terri, Matthew, Rebekah, Naomi, Jedidiah, Joseph, Abigail and Esther; and sisters Lillian Pickering, of Grand Junction, and Dolly Parker, of Fort Morgan.
A memorial service was Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at The First Christian Church in Alamosa. Her ashes will be buried in Craig at a later date.
Arrangements are in care of Rogers Family Mortuary.
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