1927 ~ 2016
Bitner Wilcox was born August 31, 1927 in Salt Lake City,
Utah to Irma May Felt and Moroni (Roy) Halseth Bitner. She
died at age 88 due to advanced congestive heart failure.
She and her family appreciate visits by family members
and friends; the attentive care of physician Von Welch;
the caring staff at The Charleston in Cedar Hills; the kind
staff of Tender Care Home Health and Hospice; and the outstanding
assistance of the Warenski Funeral Home staff.
Helen was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints her entire life. She loved God, her
Savior, her family, and her country. She graduated with
a degree in Education from the U of U, served in the France
Belgium Mission of the Church, pursued graduate studies
in French at BYU, and in 1954 married Harold E. Wilcox,
with whom she had four children.
She devoted herself throughout her life to many worthwhile
pursuits, such as caring for her family and making a comfortable
home; maintaining contact with her extended family; writing
ancestors’ histories; earning Montessori certification;
teaching; developing a reading and writing program; crocheting
hats and leper bandages for LDS Charities; spending countless
hours visiting with and encouraging friends and many younger
mothers within her circle; serving in numerous callings
in the Church; and serving in the Oakland Temple.
Of her many pursuits and accomplishments, the one dearest
to her heart was motherhood.
Helen loved architecture and drew floor plans for decades.
In 1997 she and Harold completed their final home and yard
together, according to her own plans, which was a source
of endless satisfaction to them both.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings
Mary Bitner Colson McGowan, Elizabeth Bitner Dunford, Robert
Felt Bitner, and Joan Bitner Bennett.
She is survived by son Jonathan (Brenda) and daughters
Sylvia, Julia Bottita (Michael), and Elizabeth; grandchildren
Savannah Merrill (Braden), Mitchell Wilcox, and Sierra Bottita;
and great-granddaughter Quinn. Also survived by sisters-in-law
Carol Fetzer Bitner, Louise (Wilcox) Smith, and Margaret
Ann Wilcox and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016
at 11:00 am in the Highland 6th LDS Ward Chapel, 6050 West
Chapel Drive (10680 North), Highland, Utah. Family and friends
may call Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Warenski
Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah and
again on Saturday morning from 9:45 to 10:30 am prior to
services at the church. Interment will be at the Salt Lake
City Cemetery, 4th Avenue and “N” Street, with
an informal gathering for friends and family after burial
at 2689 S. Imperial Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, kindly donate to a charity dear to
Helen’s heart or to one of your choosing: LDS Charities
or the Perpetual Education Fund (https://www.lds.org/topics/pef-self-reliance/donate?lang=eng).