Helen Elizabeth Berkhausen Franke Chamberlain, 84, died at Bountiful, Utah, September 30, 1998 of causes incident to age.
She was born February 2, 1914 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Paul Hermann Franke and Helen Berkhausen Franke, German emigrants, who met here in Salt Lake City. Helen was raised on the family's farm on Redwood Road and 13th South. She attended Edison Elementary, Jordan Junior and LDS High School. She studied Secretarial Science at LDS Business College, fulfilled an LDS mission to the Southern States under Elder LeGrande Richards. Upon completion of her mission she returned to Salt Lake where she served as his secretary at the administrative offices of the LDS Church.She married Ralph W. Chamberlain, of Kanab, Utah on June 8, 1939 in the Salt Lake Temple. He died November 24, 1995.
Helen and her husband lived for a short time in Kanab, but soon returned to Salt Lake where she continued a close association with the Franke family. She and Ralph purchased a lovely bungalow on a shady, park-like property on the east bank of the Jordan River where they entertained family and friends often. They lived in this home for the duration of Ralph's life, belonging to the Cannon Ward and then the Cannon 6th Ward. She was an able and loving wife and mother, an excellent cook and a skilled homemaker. She always maintained an active roll in the church; serving in teaching, secretarial, and executive positions in Primary, MIA, and Relief Society and Sunday School. As editor of the "Ward Paper" she sent it, along with personal letters from herself to each of the wards missionaries for many years.
She and her husband worked for many years on the Cannon Stake "Old Folks" Committee where she was known for her efficiency as she and Ralph prepared for and executed highly successful, large scale activities for the Senior Citizens of the area. She always supported her husband and children in their various church, school, and family endeavors. Her volunteer service to the community involved a great deal of PTA work.
She served as the school secretary in Oquirrh and Mathison Elementary Schools in the Salt Lake School District; also served as an officer in the State School Secretaries Association.
Following their retirement, she and her husband enjoyed several years of traveling with various friends and relatives to Europe, North Africa, and China, as well as traveling throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Many of their fondest memories were tied to associations with friends from the Southern Central States LDS Missions or with their "Kanab Gang."
She is survived by two sons: Gary Franke (Judith Murdock), South Jordan; Ronald Ralph (Cheryl Watson), Summit Park; a daughter, Carol (Marvin J. Boase), West Valley City; 11 grandsons and four granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, Paul Berkhausen Franke (Helen Wignall), and Raymond Marvin Franke (Louise Thomas), Salt Lake City; and a sister-in-law, Lucille Perkins, of Kanab, Utah; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is now reunited with her husband; parents; and her only sister, Ruth, who died in 1918.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 3, 1998 at 1 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, where friends may call Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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