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Obituary: Helen Elwell Fullmer

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 10 2003 12:00 a.m. MST

1916 ~2003

Helen Elwell Fullmer, beloved family member and friend, passed away Friday morning, December 5, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Helen was born October 19, 1916 in Logan, Utah to Roy and Pearl Elwell.; married Cyril D. Fullmer April 13, 1940. Raised on a farm in Bear River City, Utah, she excelled in studies, played the xylophone and marimba, and sang in a sextet. While in school, she wrote a history of Bear River City and collected pairs of butterflies to document every species in Northern Utah. After graduation from Bear River High, Helen entered nurses training at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City and attended college classes at St. Mary's of the Wasatch. She received her R.N. degree in 1937. On April 13, 1940, Helen married Cyril D. Fullmer, a pre-med student at the University of Utah. They were loving companions until his death in August 1998, sharing many interests including medicine, travel, photography, ballroom dancing, and love of the beauty of nature. With Cyril, Helen collected exquisite butterflies on jungle trails while stationed in Panama at the end of World War II. Those of us who had the pleasure of a close association with Helen will remember her as a devoted wife and mother, a dedicated nurse, an avid gardener and seeker of beauty, possessing quiet strength and integrity. She attended to all things with an appreciation for detail and respect for life that reflected her inward composure and genuinely loving heart.

Helen is survived by two daughters, Judy Fullmer, Salt Lake, and Marilyn (Amjad) Umari, Denver, CO.; grandchildren, Ryan (Nyla) Umari, Tucson, AZ, and Tamara Umari, Denver, CO; her sister, LaVoy Mickelson, Centerville, UT; and extended family and friends. Also by her canine grandchildren, Maggie and Molly. Preceded in death by her loving husband and parents.

There will be no formal funeral proceedings, but family and close friends are invited to gather for a brief service in her honor on Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 11:30 a.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah where friends may call from 10:00-11:15 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be approximately 2 p.m. at the Bear River Cemetery.

The family expresses love and appreciation to Mary Baker, a dear friend to Helen and her family these last years. They also thank Highland Care Center for their kind, loving care and for allowing her to die with the same grace and dignity with which she lived. In the words of a close friend describing Helen:

"She listened, She understood.

And she cared."

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