Helen Lenore Webb McBride Morgan, 89
Helen Lenore Webb McBride Morgan left this life to continue her life in Heaven on 19 Dec. 2013 at her home in Pingree. Helen was 89 years old, just four months shy of 90 years.
She was born in Shelley on 10 April 1924 to William Alma and Coral Dean Kelsey Webb to join with siblings Doris (Brown) and Duane, later Dona (Hall), Max and Shirley (Winward) were born into the family.
She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
When Helen was 10 years of age, her family moved to the North Fork on the Salmon River where she became an avid horse rider and explorer of the mountainsides and river bottoms. (She loved the outdoors her entire life and would often be found sitting outside on her deck in her latter years, just enjoying the feel of nature.)
Two years later her beautiful mother passed away and her carefree childhood changed, she became a little mother to her younger siblings until her father remarried. Later the family moved back to Pingree. Helen attended high school in Shelley and then in Thomas, where she met and fell in love with Ronald “Tug” McBride. They met at a community dance where Tug told his brother, “See that girl over there she is the girl I am going to marry”. They were married June 23, 1942 in Blackfoot and much later sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
To this loving union were born Craig, Dennis, Linda, Eddie and Kathy. Tug passed away on 9 April 1973. Helen later married Verle Morgan, whom she had dated in high school, on 2 Oct. 1979. He had three children: Verlene, David and Jan. Nine short years later Verle passed away. Helen has lived the remainder of her long life in a house situated between two of her sons, Dennis and Ed, on the McBride farm where five generations of McBrides have lived.
During World War II she worked in the shipyard as a welder alongside of Tug; she was a fine welder. She then followed him to Farragut and worked as a waitress while Tug was in boot camp.
Helen loved to read great books,;her favorites where about history. She was a marvelous seamstress and taught many girls to sew in 4-H and made many formals and wedding dresses for her daughters and nieces. She was also the manager of a fabric store in Blackfoot for many years.
She loved her family dearly and was warm and tender to her children and grandchildren, every one of them knew that they were her “favorite”. She was their confidant, advisor, friend and counselor and will be greatly missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ronald Tug McBride and Verle Morgan; her parents, Bill and Coral Webb; and stepmother, Edith Jolley; her brothers, Duane and Max Webb; sisters, Doris (Brown) and Shirley (Winward); stepbrother, Jay Jolley; and stepson, David Morgan.
She is survived by her sister, Dona (Hall Elison) of Blackfoot; and stepbrother Von Jolley of Sterling; children, Craig (Janis) McBride of Shelley, Dennis (Jeri) McBride of Pingree, Linda (Howard) McBride “Snowbirds”, Edwin (Dona) McBride of Pingree, Kathryn (Leon) Parson of Rexburg; stepdaughters, Verlene (Al) Schuller of Florida and Jan (George) Harsch of Denver; 32 grandchildren; 78 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Thomas LDS Church. The family will receive friends Friday, Dec. 27 at the Hawker Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. and again Saturday at 9:30 to 10:45 at the Thomas Church prior to the services. Interment will be in the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.
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