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Helen Carrico

Helen Carrico, age 79, of Belvidere, SD, died November 16, 2009, at her residence in Belvidere.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Monday, November 23, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka, with Father Bryan Sorensen as celebrant.

Music was provided by JoAnne Stilwell. Ushers were Joe Leutenegger and John Rodgers. Pallbearers were Tracy, Mark and Todd Owens, Brenda M. Obil, Michael D. and Robert E. Childers.

Interment was in the Belvidere Cemetery.

Helen Marie (Deiter) Carrico was born on May 21, 1930, in Chicago, IL, to Joseph and Viola (Frankenhauser) Deiter. Helen and her three sisters, Josephine (Deiter) Patnou, her twin, Rosemary (Deiter) Wankel-Peek, and Barbara (Deiter) Hartman, grew up and attended school in Chicago.

Helen married Robert E. Jewett in August, 1949, and together they had three children, Christine M. (Jewett) Childers, Robert J. Jewett (deceased) and David J. Jewett. Helen and Robert were divorced around 1970. She met Thomas W. Carrico several years later and they were married in January, 1977.

Helen worked hard all her life at a variety of jobs, including waiting tables, accounting clerk and secretary. After she and Tom married, they moved to Gillette, WY. They left Wyoming to operate a motel they purchased in WaKeeney, KS. After several years, they sold that business and moved to Anchorage, AK, where they owned and operated another motel. When they sold the motel in Anchorage, they had planned to travel the country in their motor home, but Tom was reading the Rapid City Journal and found another motel for sale, The Plaza Sands. They purchased it and operated it for several years under that name. When they decided to retire, they sold the business and the new owners changed the name to the South Dakota Rose Inn.

Helen was a talented amateur artist who, even as a young girl, drew beautiful pictures. As an adult in Chicago, she took art lessons from a local artist and learned the techniques of pencil, charcoal, oils and acrylics. Helen was also an avid card player and enjoyed playing many card games, including poker, pinochle and canasta. Helen and Tom loved to travel and, together, they were able to travel the world and see many different countries. They continued to travel even while dealing with their various health issues.

Helen and Tom retired to Belvidere, SD, where Tom was born. She loved her house and the friends she made in Belvidere and Kadoka. In 1998, Helen survived a severe stroke which left her with some permanent disabilities including double-vision which required her to wear a patch over one eye.

Survivors include Helen's daughter, Christine Childers and her husband, Michael, of Arlington Heights, IL; a son, David Jewett of Dwight, IL; three grandchildren, Brenda Obil and her husband, Felipe, of Arlington Heights, IL, Michael Childers of Arlington Heights, IL, and Robert Childers and his wife, Janet, of Round Lake, IL; one great-grandchild, Lexi Childers of Round Lake, IL; one sister, Barbara Hartman of Chicago, IL; and many more relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Tom, Helen was preceded in death by her son, Robert, her parents, her sisters, Josephine and Rosemary and their dog, Shadow.

The family requests memorials be directed to the American Stroke Association (a division of the American Heart Association).

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka. Online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com