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Helen M. Priest

August 11, 1929 - December 2, 2012

The Mass of Christian Burial for Helen M. Priest, age 83 of Lemmon will be held at 11:00 a.m. MT Friday, December 7, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lemmon. Fr. Tony Grossenburg and Deacon Bill Dustman will officiate with burial in Greenhill Cemetery at Lemmon.
A Rosary Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
A memorial has been established to The Koinonia, Tec Family, and the Prayer Blanket Ministry.
Serving as Casketbearers are her grand grandchildren, Emily Bauer, Regan Kling, Danielle Priest, Whitney Priest, Cameron Priest, Maria Priest, Laurie Parker, John Paul Yera, Ciara Coughlan, Jesse Oliver, Shay Oliver, Bailey Oliver, and Britt Oliver. Serving as Honorary Bearers are The Koinonia and TEC Family.
Helen Marie Larson was born on August 11, 1929 to John and Lena (Andersen) Larson in Walker, Minnesota. Helen attended Lincoln Elementary in Aberdeen, South Dakota; Riverside Country School and Central High School in Aberdeen, SD. Upon graduation she was employed at the YMCA in Aberdeen as an Office Secretary.
On June 12, 1950, Helen married Edward Owen Priest at Sacred Heart Church in Aberdeen, SD. To this union 9 children were born, Pamela Priest Bauer; Mahtomedi, MN; Patrick Priest, Lemmon, SD; Michael Priest, North Sioux City, SD; Edward Priest and his wife, Norie , Princeton, NJ; Elizabeth Priest Coughlan and her husband, Pat, Denver, CO; Colleen Priest Oliver and her husband, Monte, Lemmon, SD. Twin boys died during mid pregnancy and a daughter, Mary Kay Priest died in infancy.
Helen was employed at Ed’s Toggery; Gregorian, Inc.; Northwest Area Schools; Live Center Inc.; and Lynn’s Inc.
Helen was an active member of St. Mary’s Church, holding many positions in the St. Gabriel’s Circle, the Altar Society, assisted with many TEC and Koinonia Retreats. She organized the Comfort of the Cloth ministry in 2003.
Her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the joy of her life: Emily Bauer; Regan Priest and her husband, Levi Kling with great grandchildren, Keegan and Coy Kling, Danielle Priest; Whitney, Cameron and Maria Priest; Laurie Yera and her husband, Matt Parker with great grandchildren, Eviana and Dean; John Paul Year; Ciara Coughlan; Jesse, Shay, Bailey and Britt Oliver.
Helen’s Greatest Treasures were her Faith and ability to pray, her family, visiting with friends and taking care of her yard and flowers.
She passed from this life on December 2, 2012 at her home in Lemmon following a two year courageous battle with cancer with her husband Ed, daughter, Colleen Oliver and granddaughter, Danielle Priest at her side.
Preceding her in death were her parents Mr. and Mrs. John Larson, one sister, Bert Skibsrud, and one brother, John Larson.
Helen is also survived by a sister-in-law, Jean Larson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon and on Friday one hour prior to services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lemmon.
Togetherness Death is nothing at all… I have only slipped into the next room. Whatever we were to each, that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name; speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, and pray for me. Let my name be the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effort. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is absolutely unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of your sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. Nothing is past, nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before…only better, infinitely happier forever…we will all be one together with Christ.