Helen Bitner Wilcox
1927 ~ 2016

Helen 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 (https://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/humanitarian-services/funds/humanitarian-general-fund.html) or the Perpetual Education Fund (https://www.lds.org/topics/pef-self-reliance/donate?lang=eng).

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