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Helen B. Sorensen

Nov. 12, 1931 - Jul. 23, 2021

Date of Service: Jul. 31, 2021

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ALBION – Helen B. Sorensen, our loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 23, 2021, in Murray, Utah, at the age of 89

She was born November 12, 1931, in Elba, Idaho, to Jennings Bryan Barker and Viola Granger; she was the oldest of three children. She lived in Elba until the age of 12, when her family moved to Albion, Idaho, where her parents purchased the JC Café. She married her longtime sweetheart, Sern C. Sorensen, on August 20, 1950, at her parents’ home in Albion. They purchased the Sorensen family farm in Albion, where they raised their two children, Ron and ViAnn. They resided in Albion, later moving to Pocatello, and then they returned home to Albion.

Helen worked for many years as a waitress and then as the manager of the Stinker Gas Station in Pocatello, where she loved meeting new people. She enjoyed gardening, working in the yard, playing cards, and watching the Utah Jazz.

Her greatest joy was being a loving mother, grandmother, aunt and neighbor. She was like a second mother to many. She enjoyed sharing stories and visiting with old and new friends. She will be deeply missed.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Helen is survived by her daughter, ViAnn (Danny) Hayes; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Sorensen; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son; and her siblings, Floyd Barker and Leah Graves.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Abbington of Murray and Kori and Tristan of Tender Care Hospice for the love, kindness, and care she was given while under their care.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Albion Ward, located at 889 S. Main St., with Bishop David Nebeker officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Albion.

Family and friends will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, July 30, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and at the church on Saturday, from 10 until 10:45 a.m.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available and maintained at the following link: https://youtu.be/rS1c666aj1U.

Condolences for Helen B. Sorensen

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From Lisa Anderson:
Helen was one of the very few who still called me Ivan. Such a kind and pretty lady. I told her that often she would say” oh Ivan”. I’m gonna miss her. So sorry for your loss Viann
From Mary Lynne Bristol:
Helen and her family have been friends of the members of the Amende family for many years. We have many fond memories of her both in Albion and Pocatello. She even had fun nicknames for some of us. As others have said, she will be missed for her many acts of service.
From Juanita Taylor Brady:
Sending love and condolences to my cousin’s family. I have many memories of living across the street from Helen in Albion when her parents had the cafe in the 40’s. I enjoyed the time that we got together at family reunions.
From Felix and Verda Villarma:
We are so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. We grew up in Elba and our mothers were good friends. Felix stayed with their family in Albion when he went to college. We seen Helen in 2019 at our High School reunion and she looked great. God bless all of your family and know that we loved her and will miss her.
From Kenneth Thompson:
Helen Jean & Kenneth Thompson Family
She will be deeply miss our love goes out to the family
From Nancy Clark:
Helen was truly like a second Mom to me. She became my Mom's best friend 70 years ago. She was always present in my life. I even lived with Helen and Sean for a summer in college. I often turned to Helen for advice and guidance. She and Sean were there as my Dad was passing away. Helen, thank you for everything. You will be sorely missed and always loved.
From Shirley Clark (Margaret):
Mom, Shirley Clark, has been in shock and disbelief with the passing of Helen
It is hard to imagine all the time they spent together, and how much Helen and Sean helped Mom. She will be missed.
From Margaret Clark Miller:
Helen truly was my second mom growing up in Albion. Viann was a sister to me and we spent so much time playing together. I am so sorry for your loss.
From Dolores Bronson Booth:
I wish to send my love and condolences to Helen’s Family. Helen‘s first love was her family and her second the people and surroundings of Albion. Helen was a good friend to everyone and her worst fear was having to leave her home in Albion which eventually became a reality. She has now been set free and her long separation from Sern is now over. How happy she must be.
From Dolores Bronson Booth:
I wish to send my condolences to Helen’s family and all the residents of Albion. Helen was a good friend to everyone. Helen’s first love was her family and her second the people and surroundings in Albion. Her worst fear became a reality when she had to leave her home. . She is now set free and her long separation from Sern has ended. How happy she must be

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