Helen Theo (Maas) Wilson, 98, passed away peacefully of natural causes in Billings on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009.
A graveside service will be held in Harlem at the Harlem Cemetery, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6. A memorial service will follow at the Harlem Senior Services Center.
Helen Maas was born on Oct. 19, 1911, in Pretty Rock, N.D., to Henry and Julia (Fink) Maas. Helen was one of 17 children.
When her family moved to Montana, Helen met Gerald Wilson in Harlem and they were wed in Blaine County on Dec. 7, 1935. Gerald built a family home in Harlem and they lived there for almost all of the next 61 years, interrupted only briefly by residence in Turner, Mont., and Tacoma, Wash.
She is survived by her three children, Ronald of Dallas and Richard of Seattle, and daughter Ardys (Wilson) Murphy, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Oscar Maas, and three sisters, Vernette (Maas) Guinn, Frances (Maas) Land and Alice (Maas) Hawkes. Her husband, Gerald F. Wilson, preceded her in July of 2009, after 73 years of marriage.
Helen had many talents, but the greatest was her sense of humor. She had a knack for bringing a smile to the face of anyone who crossed her path, regardless of circumstances, age or condition. Few were able to resist this challenge for long. Her friendships were beyond counting and her love of people was unlimited. Her home was filled with music, conversation, laughter, and always with love. She spent her life in service to others, whether family, friends or strangers in need. No task was too great or time-consuming, as long as it brought comfort, pleasure or hope to someone else. Age neither changed her attitude nor altered her boundless enthusiasm. Even to the end, she was still making friends and bringing joy to others. The world will be a poorer place without her.