Helen Stoddard Patrick, 88

Helen Stoddard Patrick was a loving mother, devoted wife, and friend to many.  She was born in 1923 in Kimball and passed away at her home on Oct. 9, 2013. Helen spent her life making others feel welcomed, respected, and loved.
After graduating from Blackfoot High School, Helen moved and completed a year of the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She returned to Blackfoot to work at her sister’s ice cream parlor, when she met the love of her life, Jack Patrick. He had just moved to town and was instantly taken by the smart, funny and beautiful Helen. Jack asked if he could escort Helen home after she closed up shop and she accepted.
Jack and Helen married in 1946 and they had five children, Clay, Blake, Jon, Marianne and Jim.
Helen loved her children with all her heart and infused her optimistic spirit into her family and home. She was known for her sense of humor, delicious cooking, and welcoming spirit. She was a Blackfoot Welcome Wagon Lady, bringing welcome baskets to those who were new to town and believed in always “being a great friend to our friends”.
During their life, Jack and Helen made incredible memories together. From raising a family to running their own restaurant, The City Café, to RVing across the country to camping trips with their children and then grandchildren.
They also comforted and supported each other when their two sons, first Clay and later Jon, passed away.
Jack took his final breath in 2006, he and Helen were married 61 years and had their marriage sealed in the LDS temple in 2005.
After Jack’s passing, Helen found comfort in spending time with her family and the church. True to herself, Helen began volunteering as a hostess at the Blackfoot Senior Center – greeting people as they entered and wishing them a good day as they left. She looked forward to watching the Wheel of Fortune and kept busy with crossword puzzles, reading, and reminiscing while watching the Waltons.
Helen spent her life living in the truest form and will be missed by all that knew her, but especially by her surviving children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
A memorial will be held this Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot, with a graveside dedication at a later date.  Family will meet with friends and relatives for one hour prior to services at the funeral home.  Condolences may be sent to the family at condolences@hawkerfuneralhome.com.
The family is grateful for the outreach and thoughts of condolences by those that knew Helen. She will be forever missed and would want you to know that she liked two kinds of pies – hot and cold, a Stoddard tradition.