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Helen Iris Taylor Shults of Roy, UT, passed away peacefully at the age of 91. She was born on a farm near Lockhart, Texas, the youngest of eight children born to Cora Edith Talley Taylor and Hugh Taylor.
Helen moved from Lockhart to San Antonio as a teenager and graduated from Tech High School in 1944. She married her husband, John A. Shults, Sr. in September 1948 and together they had three children. They lived for a time in Brooklyn, NY before returning to San Antonio in 1953. They later divorced in 1969. Helen was a secretary for Santa Rosa Hospital and then Southwestern Motor Transport in San Antonio until retiring in 1988. She then worked as an admitting clerk at Northeast Baptist Hospital until retiring again ten years later.
Helen lived her whole life with a strong desire to learn. She loved to read, do creative writing, draw, paint and color, and do all kinds of puzzles. Helen was quite a good artist and sketched several portraits over the years, often as gifts. She craved continuing knowledge of the English language, math and computers, and even recently learned how to input an eleven-page transcript of one of her favorite sermons. Helen loved her lunches with girlfriends, playing games with the grandkids at family gatherings, and petting Roscoe the dog on her lap.
Helen was a dedicated Christian, pursuing her personal relationship with Jesus Christ from a young age. She read a Psalm every day with her breakfast and attended church and various church activities her whole adult life. Since moving to Utah in 2013, Helen had been a faithful member of Community Bible Study and regularly attended Roy Bible Church. She shared her faith willingly and desired for others to understand the great love of the Lord. She also had a heart for the hurting children around the world, contributing however possible.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Warren, Lera, Quie, Ethel, Monroe, Dorotha, and Edna. Helen is survived by her children: John Shults (Donna), San Antonio, Tx; Louise Popp (Larry), Draper, Ut; Sandy Markert (Randy), Roy, Ut; eight grandchildren: Markie, Marchelle, Gerald, Allyse, Anita, Vanessa, Julia and Lauren; four great-grandchildren: Angelo, Charity, Hayden and Dalin. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of Intermountain Homecare and Hospice and South Ogden Post Acute for their compassionate care and all their help.
Services will be held Friday, October 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., with visitation at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Interment will follow on site. Condolences may be shared at www.leavittsmortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to hurting children around the world through one of Helen’s favorite charities: Life Outreach, Mission Feeding at www.lifetoday.org/dailyfood or Operation Christmas Child at www.samaritanspurse.org.