Helen was born May 24, 1934 in Escalante, Utah the third child of Leonard and Bernice Tuft. Her childhood days were spent in Monroe Utah. The family was self-sufficient and hardworking, much due to a hard and long term illness of her father. They also knew how to have fun, much of their time centered on her brother's basketball involvement. It must have instilled in her a lifelong love of the sport, because you couldn't find a more loyal Utah Jazz fan than Helen Webster.
During college she was actively involved in many organizations and held many leadership positions including Student Body Vice President her junior year. She received the coveted Mildred I. Sargent Womanhood Award honoring strength of character, a good student, leadership, stability, friendliness, ambition, loyalty, sense of humor, unselfishness and sense of spiritual and domestic values. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 1956 from College of Southern Utah (now SUU). Before and after raising her family she used her degree teaching elementary school in Logan, Utah and Boise, Idaho.
While at school she "chased and was caught by" Richard Palmer Webster. When he proposed, her father said, "He's a fine fellow, grab on and hold tight" which she did. She married and was sealed to her sweetheart and eternal companion on November 29, 1957 in the St. George LDS Temple. She would follow him in his profession as a Forrester to live in many small places. She was the "heart" of the home dedicating her time and efforts to providing the best opportunities for them to learn and to grow.
She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in numerous positions. She and Dick served in the Wisconsin Milwaukee mission from 1999-2001. During the past 14 years, they have been dedicated temple workers in the St. George Temple.
She was a grandma extraordinaire. She loved having each of the grandchildren for a week at their cabin on Cedar Mountain, and frequently traveled to support each in their various activities such as sports, pageants, performances, and special occasions.
Helen and Dick were blessed with an eternal family of five children, Margene (Randall) Rich of Vacaville, California, John (Kay) Webster of Rupert, Idaho, Stephen (Gillian) Webster of Cedar Park, Texas, Neal (Holly) Webster of Caldwell, Idaho, and Stacie (Curtis) Christensen of Gilbert, Arizona. She is also survived by her brothers Carl Tuft, Don Tuft, and sister Arlene Lawrence. At the time of passing she had 25 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday May 11, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Mesa Hills Ward Chapel located at 320 S. 1925 W. in Cedar City, UT. A viewing will be held on Thursday, May 10. 2012 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Southern Utah Mortuary located at 190 N. 300 W. in Cedar City, UT. A viewing will also be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Church from 9:30-10:30 am prior to the services. Interment will follow at the Cedar City Cemetery.
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