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Allnutt Funeral Service – Hunter Chapel

2100 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO

OBITUARY

Helen M. Kitchens

January 9, 1933March 18, 2020
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Helen Eliza Martin Kitchens, 87, of Johnstown, CO joined her daughter and parents in heaven on March 18, 2020.

Born January 9, 1933 on a farm in Weber County, UT, Helen was the youngest of seven children. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Garry; her sister, LeeOma Nielson; her two sons, Andrew and Brent; as well as five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She graduated high school as valedictorian and went on to earn her B.A. from Brigham Young University in Home Economics, her M.S. in Family Economics from Oregon State University, and her Ph.D. in Research and Statistics from the University of Northern Colorado.

She thrived as a career woman working as a school teacher and with university extension services in her early years. Later she served her community as a university faculty member, and in various leadership roles with the State of Wyoming. She retired from the Wyoming State Community College Commission in 1997.

Helen lived every ounce out of life. She rode horses and motorcycles, drove hot-rods way too fast, and spent years traveling the world. Helen never missed a grandchild’s graduation or wedding. She also served diligently as missionary, teacher, and leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout her life.

A small family memorial service will be held Tuesday March 24, 2020. A public graveside service will follow at 12:30pm at the Johnstown cemetery. The family encourages friends and relatives to leave their memories of Helen at the online guestbook, www.allnuttloveland.com.

Services

  • Graveside Service Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Memories

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Carolyn Franklin (Fisher)

March 31, 2020

We lived in Laramie a few streets from the Kitchen’s. They would occasionally ask my brothers and sisters to watch their house for them while they were out of town. I always thought they had the coolest house because it had that loft upstairs with toys and two kid rocking chairs. They would always pay us with $2 bills so that we never wanted to spend it!

GEORGIA NICHOLS

March 26, 2020

Helen and Garry Kitchens were some of the first people we met when we moved to Johnstown several years ago. Our association with them was one which included sociality and gospel discussion. A wonderful combination of friendship!

I will miss Helen. Her wry sense of humor and good-nature made our encounters always pleasant to experience. I also felt a special kinship to Helen because I knew her sister Lee Oma in another time of my life. It made kind of a bond of mutual acquaintance. And Helen was gracious and interested in MY family, as well.

My sincere wish for Helen's family is that they will keep those wonderful memories of her which will imbue all of them with gratitude for Helen's accomplishments, example, and legacy of love and service to them.

Meagan Banks

March 26, 2020

It’s hard to capture in words the essence of such a dynamic woman as grandma Helen. Just as it’s difficult for me to share the story of her life with the family and friends who know the details so well. If there’s one thing I think is easy to note, it’s that her life was a success.

Born on a farm in the midst of the Great Depression, grandma’s early years must have taught her the values of hard work and resourcefulness. I can see how she used these as she grew from the self-proclaimed tomboy who plucked the feathers off her own chicken dinner to the refined lady who dined on luxury cruise ships during her travels around the world.

It’s also easy to recognize the fortitude grandma exhibited throughout her life that helped her succeed; she never gave up and she never took “no” for an answer. I see that in the victories she won in her education and career--when so many people told her she “couldn’t” or “shouldn’t” succeed; yet, she did anyway.

Grandma also connected me with my ancestors by telling stories of our pioneer heritage and sharing with me the textiles and pictures that made long journeys to the Utah valley. The biggest adventure she and I had was to travel back to Denmark in search of our ancestral home. There we experienced miracles and culture together--and mutually admired the faith of those Latter-Day Saints who came before us.

In this way, she regularly reminded me of the blessings of eternal families by her dedication to temple work. She served weekly in the Denver and Fort Collins temples for over 20 years. Her service inspires me. It gives great co

Derek Child

March 24, 2020

One of my favorite experiences with Helen was our little competition to find family members while doing our family history work. I remember one Sunday being so excited because I had just gotten up to about 20 new people. I just knew that I had her beat. When I spoke to her about it, I can still hear her reply: "That's nice".
She went on to tell me that her count had just past 80.
I loved sharing those moments talking about our successes doing our family history. She's a special lady that will continue to minister to others. Only now, she's more able to minister directly to those on the other side of the veil.

Myrna Welch

March 24, 2020

When we arrived in Johnstown 5 years ago, I was given Helen to visit teach. What a joy that has been. I always felt taught when my visiting time was over and I received more than I gave. Her example has been powerful of a dedicated daughter of God. I will miss that sweet spirit she always carried with her.
Myrna Welch
Carlson Farm Ward

Judy Johnson

March 24, 2020

I worked with Sister Kitchens in the Temple. I always felt such a sweet, quiet presence when I was around her. And I learned something whenever I was able to have a conversation with her. She was so loving and wise. She will certainly be missed.
Judy Johnson

Christy Hollis

March 24, 2020

Our family will miss Sister Kitchens. She's always inspired us to do more and be more. She's been an extremely talented, kind, and generous lady. "Sister Kitchens can do everything!" has frequently been repeated in our home. For a short time, I got to be Helen's visiting teacher. How I enjoyed her stories of her accomplished grandchildren and children. I also remember her telling how she owned one of the very first satellite phones ("cell phones"). It was roughly the size of a large handbag and she had to have it with her everywhere she traveled.
I've seen her at JoAnn's fabric getting fabric to make a dog bed for a son's dog. I've also seen her serving selflessly and with a big smile in the temple. What a special treat it was to be greeted by Sister Kitchens as my husband and I entered that wonderful place. I'm so grateful for the blessing she has been to my family and so many others.

Autumn Hunt

March 24, 2020


My fondest memory of Helen was her adventurous spirit. She loved traveling across the country visiting temples with her husband. She shared those experiences on many occasions. I admired her outgoing nature and love of seeing new things and places. One story that Kara shared with me was when they were on a trip to Hawaii, Kara had asked if anyone wanted to do a helicopter ride over a volcano. No one was brave enough to go except Gary and Helen. There is a picture of her standing all geared up by the helicopter. They rode in an open door helicopter as it circled an active volcano. Helen was brave and bold. She forged ahead without fear and accomplished amazing things. She was from a small country town in southern Colorado, a town most people don’t know even exists. But from that small beginning she worked hard and made a place for herself in the big world. She was accomplished and very intelligent. Helen loved education, she worked hard to gain degrees in family economics and family finance. She graduated from UNC with a doctoral degree. She was a doctor! She pursued her education because she valued knowledge and enjoyed learning. I think the thing I loved most though was her incredible testimony. She loved the temple and family. She boldly testified of their importance. She knew that in the temple you found love, peace, and the path to follow. She loved her family and was so proud of them. She would talk about them often and loved to go see them whenever she could. Helen was a great example; she was an inspiration. If only we could all be half the person she was. I will always remember how brave she was, how adventurous she was, how faithful she was. I loved knowing her these past 10 years and being able to witness her fearless spirit. I know she is just on a new adventure now, and loving every minute of it.

Amy Michelle Vigil

March 23, 2020

Sister Helen Kitchens always had a smile on her face, I loved the way her eyes would light up every time she would talk about her grandchildren and great grandchildren she was so proud of her family. I'm going to miss seeing her every Sunday and her smiling face, she was truly an incredible and talented lady

Janet and Dennis Von Forell

March 23, 2020

I will greatly miss Helen's smiling sweet spirit each Sunday. She had such a strong testimony of Christ and was a great example of the Love of Christ. I have enjoyed her many stories, I never tired of hearing them. She was a great example to all women, young and old of the value of education.

One of the things I cherish most was the support she gave me while I was sick. Every week there were words of encouragement, a smile, hug, or she told me how great I looked. It meant so much to me.

She will be greatly missed!!

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