OBITUARY

Helene Louise Key

November 11, 1940June 29, 2021
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Helene Louise Key, 80, of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on June 29, 2021, at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus surrounded by family and friends.

Helene was born on November 11, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois to Henry and Helen Pioch. Unfortunately, Helen passed away a week after Helene was born. Later, Henry married Lucille and they raised Helene, her older sister Barbara and stepsister Joan.

The family relocated to Escondido, California when Helene was 11-years old for Henry's job at Golfcraft. There, she became a flag twirler at Escondido Union High School and graduated in 1958.

She started her business career as a bookkeeper at Seaboard Finance Company, and while doing so attended night classes at Palomar Junior College and became a member of Soroptimist International of Escondido. The Seaboard Finance Company transferred her to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1966, where she met and married Dennis Denning. In 1967, the Dennings welcomed their daughter, Cathy, into the world.

After 5 years of marriage, she was divorced and working a new job at Lux Food Services which then lead her to Tango Pools, as a bookkeeper for 20 years. During that time, she married and divorced Dale Key.

In 1996, she moved on to working at Bonotel Exclusive Travel as controller for 18 years, after which she retired.

Along the way, she developed many lifelong friends that became family and a big part of her life.

Helene is survived by her daughter Cathy Denning (James) Tanner; her full sister Barbara Budd; nephew Timothy (Jeanette) Budd; and stepsister Joan Regnier.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm, July 24, 2021 at Palm Eastern Mortuary. On the same day, a Celebration of Life for Helene Key will begin at 3:30pm-6:30pm at South Point Casino in banquet room Sonoma A.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

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Bri Absher

July 22, 2021

I have so many wonderful memories of this beautiful lady. Her heart was full of love for everyone. I'm so glad that I had the privilege to meet such a gentle soul. In loving memory of Helene may her brightness always shine down from above.

Kitty Lehman

July 16, 2021

Helene and Cathy lived with me and my three kids in an apartment . We were quite the crew having many laughs together. Two single working mothers becoming the best of friends. Helene will be truly missed. The world has lost a great lady.

Terrence Gardner

July 14, 2021

I am so blessed to have met such a kind spirit and loving soul... Helene had such a great smile that would light up a room... From my many conversations with Helene she would always make me laugh and have such kind words to say to me... She will be missed dearly but her spirit will live on in her daughter my friend Cathy...

Dini Ard

July 13, 2021

My memories of you go back far....I am grateful for that. I'm thankful God gave me you in my childhood to adulthood life. You were a good mama and a sweet and thoughtful friend. You loved God and He gently guided you home. I'll never forget you and will see you again. **Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus ❤ Romans 8:39** I love you! Una 🌻

rayda yearout

July 13, 2021

Helene was such a beautiful person inside and out,
So full of love,warmth and always had a smile for you. Helene is going to be greatly missed.
Neil's and my heart goes out to you Cathy and James. Much love to you both ❤️

James Tanner

July 13, 2021

Helene was my mother-in-law. I am blessed being married to Cathy, The kindness, consideration, and compassion they both have shown has been a revelation to me. Helene was always ready with a smile, and heart of gold. Besides my mom, Helene was a great person to look up to, and heed their words. May Helene and my mom Rest In Peace.

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Baby Helene...

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Helen Pioch, Helene's mother

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Sister Barbara and Helene

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Baby Helene...

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Helen Pioch, Helene's mother

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Sister Barbara and Helene

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Father Henry Pioch, Barbara and Helene

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Helene's Kindergarten Graduation

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Joan, Helene, Maxine, Lucille and Barbara

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Helene's High School Graduation

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Jeff, Helene and Ron

Biography

Helene Louise Key, 80, of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on June 29, 2021, at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus surrounded by family and friends.

Helene was born on November 11, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois to Henry and Helen Pioch. Unfortunately, Helen passed away a week after Helene was born. Later, Henry married Lucille and they raised Helene, her older sister Barbara and stepsister Joan.

The family relocated to Escondido, California when Helene was 11-years old for Henry's job at Golfcraft. There, she became a flag twirler at Escondido Union High School and graduated in 1958.

She started her business career as a bookkeeper at Seaboard Finance Company, and while doing so attended night classes at Palomar Junior College and became a member of Soroptimist International of Escondido. The Seaboard Finance Company transferred her to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1966, where she met and married Dennis Denning. In 1967, the Dennings welcomed their daughter, Cathy, into the world.

After 5 years of marriage, she was divorced and working a new job at Lux Food Services which then lead her to Tango Pools, as a bookkeeper for 20 years. During that time, she married and divorced Dale Key.

In 1996, she moved on to working at Bonotel Exclusive Travel as controller for 18 years, after which she retired.

Along the way, she developed many lifelong friends that became family and a big part of her life.

Helene is survived by her daughter Cathy Denning (James) Tanner; her full sister Barbara Budd; nephew Timothy (Jeanette) Budd; and stepsister Joan Regnier.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm, July 24, 2021 at Palm Eastern Mortuary. On the same day, a Celebration of Life for Helene Key will begin at 3:30pm-6:30pm at South Point Casino in banquet room Sonoma A.