Ogden - Helen Marriott Watters (94) returned home to her Heavenly Father on August 30, 2012, while surrounded by her adoring family.
Helen was born May 29, 1918, in Ogden, Utah, to Caleb Moroni and Delia (Danielson) Marriott. Helen met her husband, John Monroe Watters, at BYU. They were married 51 wonderful years before John died of cancer in 1992. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Ogden, Utah, Temple.
Helen and John created a loving, happy home for their five children. Helen loved to play the piano and her children had fun gathering around to sing with her. Helen made the world's best apple pie, the prettiest frosted sugar cookies, the most beautiful dance costumes and doll clothes for her daughters and granddaughters, and helped make great popsicle stick forts with her sons. She told the best stories. She loved flowers, growing plants from seeds, clouds, Monarch butterflies, and bottle feeding bum lambs from her father's sheep herd. She made the family's many road trips fun and interesting by sharing her knowledge and love of history as we stopped at many historical markers along our way. Helen loved the Lord and strived to live a Christ-like life. She taught her children to follow the Golden Rule and to have faith. Helen had great faith in the Plan of Salvation. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints all of her life. She taught primary for many, many years; worked with the boy scouts; and enjoyed serving in the library for 20 years in her later life.
Helen was a life-long teacher. She taught school in the Weber County School District at Pioneer Elementary in Marriott/Slaterville and the old Wilson Lane School. She loved being a teacher and fondly remembered her students and their parents and held dear the many kind and loving teacher notes she received from them over the years. Helen never let a teaching moment pass by and instilled a love of learning and understanding in us all.
Helen was also a life-long learner. She loved languages (English, German, Latin) and she loved grammar. She found the world interesting, precious and exciting. Helen was the center of our family. She made us laugh and brought us much joy. She is the dearest, kindest, person one could ever know. She found the best in everyone.
Helen is survived by her five children: Sonnet (Marvin) House, Ogden; Christine Watters, Salt Lake City; Kim (Mary) Watters, Ogden; Shelley (John) Paige, Morgan; and Greg Watters, Ogden; seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, beloved cousins, nephews, nieces and their families. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sisters Delia Branch and Maxine Hollis, and her beloved grandson Jonathan Barrett. She was also preceded in death by her grandmother Rose Marriott and her aunt Ethel Marriott Tracy who were like mothers to her when her own mother died in the 1920 flu epidemic when Helen was only 21 months old.
We are so grateful to all at Applegate Hospice. Bonnie, Holly, Peter, Jennifer, Belle, Tiffany and Julie, thank you for the tender love and excellent care you gave mom. Dr. Lewis and Sherry, we thank you too. She loved you all. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at the Forest Green Ward Chapel, 1401 Country Hills Dr. Ogden, UT, at 11 a.m. Viewings for friends and family will be on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.