Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary

200 West Beardsley Road, Phoenix, AZ


Helen Morseburg Tibken

16 June , 19221 September , 2019

Helen Edna (Morseburg) Tibken, 97, passed away peacefully September first.

Helen was born June 16, 1922 in Youngstown, Ohio. As a child she lived in Philadelphia and New York City, but spent most of her youth in New Haven, Connecticut, where she met and married the love of her life, H. Howland Tibken (Tib).

Helen and “Tib” had three daughters, Linda Stephenson (Terry), Ellen Burgess (Gene) and Joanne McLellan (Scott). She enjoyed time with her five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Helen was a Lioness for the Downtown Lions Club, and became a Lion when the organization was opened to women. She also served on the altar guild at The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist.

Helen worked as a receptionist for Phoenix-McLeod Optical for several years. Then, when she was in her 50s, she took classes and got a certificate to be an optician. She eventually managed her own store before she retired.

Helen was a talented seamstress and enjoyed sewing for her family. She also loved listening to classical music and recordings of musical theater. She also loved to read and loved browsing in book stores.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley at 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 or at the link below.


  • Visitation Saturday, 7 September , 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 7 September , 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, 7 September , 2019


Helen Morseburg Tibken

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Greg Nieciecki

6 September 2019

My condolences to the Tibken family. I was proud to have Helen and Tib as longtime friends at the Phoenix Elks Lodge #335. When Tib passed, Helen was adamant that I attend his services and handed me a balloon to release after. We all hoped that the balloons wouldn't be a problem to the Deer Valley airport. Helen and Tib will be missed.