Helen Jean Christensen Bell, age 86, peacefully passed away Monday, February 24, 2020 in Delta, Utah. She was born on June 17, 1933 in Oasis, Utah to Norvel John and Ella Bishop Christensen. She was the youngest of three children having a sister, Vera, and brother, Jim. Helen enjoyed growing up on the farm with all of her pets. She tamed every wild and stray cat that came along. Helen helped her Dad during lambing season, always served as the hay tromper and lead the derrick horse during hay season. Her father was a true sportsman and brought a love of the outdoors into Helen’s life. She hunted deer, pheasants, and ducks. Fishing was a family treat as well as a great time to be together. Everyone in the family loved to fish and camp out.
Helen attended elementary at the A.C. Nelson little school house. Then graduated from Hinckley High School where she participated as a cheerleader. After graduation, Helen moved to Glendale, Nevada and worked as a waitress to save money for college. A friend from her high school days, Forrest Taylor, also made many trips to Nevada to see her. Helen married Forrest on September 20, 1951. Helen worked at the Court House in Fillmore, then joined her husband stationed at Ford Ord in California, where she worked at the telephone office. After he was released from military service, they returned to Hinckley and started a family of their own. They had a son, Forrest Kim, and daughter, Sandra Jean.
In 1959, they moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where Helen went to work for an Optometrist as the Office Manager. A job she held for 22 years. Helen and Forrest later divorced, but always remained good friends.
In 1978, Helen met a super nice pilot, Harry L. Bell. He love to fly his Mooney plane whenever he could and take Helen along for the ride. They eventually eloped in that plane and were married on August 26, 1978 in Ely, Nevada. Harry soon converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their marriage was solemnized in the beautiful Las Vegas LDS Temple. Both were active in their ward. They were called to serve a mission at the Las Vegas Family History Center, a calling they both enjoyed.
In 1985, Helen and Harry both retired from their jobs and enjoyed traveling in their motorhome. In 1994, they decided to relocate to Hinckley, Utah. They loved being a part of the Lion’s Club and being the 24th of July Parade Chairmen for four years. Helen’s favorite callings were Activities Chair and serving as Relief Society President with her dear friends. Her life’s greatest joys were the D.U.P, the Relief Society, the Temple and especially her family and prayer.
Helen is survived by her husband: Harry L. Bell; son: F. Kim Taylor; daughter: Sandra Taylor Call; 5 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; all whom she loves eternally.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 2, at 10:00 am, at the Hinckley Ward LDS Chapel, 188 North Main Street. A Viewing will be held on Monday, 9:00-9:45 am, prior to the service. Burial will be at the Oasis Cemetery.