-- 1916 ~ 2012 --
sweet mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Helen Gardner
Adamson returned to our Father in Heaven on September 11,
2012 after a full, well-lived life. She was 96 years old.
Helen was born May 23, 1916 in Lovell, Wyoming. She was
the fourth of six children born to Angus Cannon Gardner
and Mary Caroline Whipple Gardner. The family later moved
to Lehi, Utah where Helen graduated from Lehi High School.
She was vice-president of the student-body and participated
in the glee club, posture club, drama, and athletics.
Helen married Virgil Myers Adamson August 15, 1936. Their
marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on
August 14, 1959. They were blessed with a son, Edwin (Ted),
in 1938. Helen was a hard and productive worker all of her
life. She worked at Cooks Ice Cream Parlor, A.F. Dry Cleaners,
Utah Poultry (candling eggs), and finally at The Utah State
Training School where she progressed from switchboard operator
to executive secretary and assisted four superintendents.
She retired in 1982 after 22 years of service and received
a letter of appreciation and commendation for outstanding
service to the State of Utah from Governor Scott Matheson.
She was loved and respected by all who worked with her.
Helen was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. She was
also a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Helen
loved family parties, playing her player piano, shopping,
sewing, crocheting, and ceramics. She made many dolls for
her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was very
active and enjoyed long walks, riding her exercise bike,
and walking on her treadmill. She had a strong heart in
more ways than one. She also enjoyed traveling and went
on many trips with the Good Sam Club and with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband,
Virgil, and her five siblings: Vilo Bartlow, Ruth Curtis,
Rulon Gardner, Rex Gardner, and Marlow Gardner. She is survived
by her son Edwin (Ted) and his wife Sherilyn, as well as
four grandchildren: Russell (Barb) Adamson, Shawna (Brett)
Nattress, Angella (Eric) Vernon, and Jeana (Corwin) Harmon
and 21 (almost 22) great-grandchildren. She was looking
forward to the arrival of her first great-great-grandchild
in December. Her family was the greatest joy of her life.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 19,
2012 at 11:00 am at the American Fork 7th Ward Chapel, 688
West 500 North, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends
may call Tuesday, evening from 6:00-8:00 pm at Warenski
Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah and
Wednesday morning from 10:00-10:45 am prior to services
at the church. Interment will be in the American Fork City
Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.warenski.com
The family would like to thank the staff at Abbington Memory
Care and Symbii Hospice for the loving care they showed