Our beautiful wife and mother, Helen-Ann Christiansen Dick, 74, of Santa Clara, Utah, graduated from this life on February 2, 2021 surrounded by loved ones, after a long and difficult battle with multiple sclerosis and cancer. We are grateful she is now free from the pain and frustration this life burdened her with and are endlessly grateful for the opportunity for her to be restored to her healthy, and whole body.
Helen-Ann was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She was born on August 8, 1946 to Clifford and Helen Christiansen in Portland, OR, where she joined older brother, David. After Helen-Ann graduated from Washington High School in 1964, she attended Portland State University. She worked as a secretary for a prominent otolaryngologist for several years and impressed everyone with her incredibly fast typing skills. Her real passion in life came later, though, as she embraced her role as a mother and stayed at home to dedicate herself entirely to her family.
In 1966 she married Larry Lewis Nelson in Portland, OR. They had one daughter, Autumn. Though the marriage dissolved, they remained close and coparented their daughter. In 1981, Helen-Ann married Marshall Lee Dick, merging the wonderful children they had between them from their previous marriages: Cindi, Cathi, Donette, Daryl, Chad, and Autumn. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Seattle Temple.
Helen-Ann had a servant’s heart and loved helping and serving others. She loved teaching the Sunbeam class at church and volunteered whenever the opportunity to help someone arose. She spent most of her life in the Pacific Northwest and moved to Southern Utah upon Marshall’s retirement. She served as a temple ordinance worker in The Seattle Temple, a volunteer in the St. George Temple and as a missionary at the St. George Visitor’s Center. She served as a Stake and Ward Girls Camp Director, Sunday School teacher, Stake Relief Society Councilor and many other callings. She loved to attend the temple as often as possible. As her multiple sclerosis progressed, the ability to serve others and in church was the most difficult part of her life to lose.
Helen-Ann had a love and zest for all that life had to offer. She loved her family, friends, neighbors, and ward family fiercely, and enjoyed opportunities to be around them. She loved to dance, earning herself the nickname “Boogie Queen,” and sing along to the Beach Boys and Kool & The Gang while she and Marshall got ready for date nights. She loved attending performances at Tuacahn and traveling, especially to the beach and on road trips in the motorhome.
Helen-Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Helen. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Marshall Lee Dick; her children Cindi (Kevin) Berg, Cathi (Don) Sagendorf, Donette (Rob) Julian, Daryl (Donna) Dick, Chad (Paula) Dick, and Autumn (Shane) Schnitzius; 24 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 1 great grandchild, brother, Dave (Reba) Christiansen; and her first husband, Larry (Maria) Nelson.
Helen-Ann, you are so loved and will be missed by all who knew you. Until we meet again.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:00pm. It will be zoomed for all those who wish to view it Meeting ID: 978 3361 3189 Passcode: 100227
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