from the red hair to the thousands of freckles! But it wasn't just the physical characteristics that were similar, there was the gardening, love of learning and literature, work ethic, and family values.
Aunt Helena was the seventh and last child born to parents Jethro and Emma in the old rock house on Farr West Drive. Her parents instilled in her the value of hard work, importance of education, and resilience in adversity. After moving away from home for the first time in her young adulthood, Helena met the love of her life...Odell.
Helena and Odell were living the American dream raising five daughters and twin sons, when tragedy struck. Helena's husband whom she affectionately called "her Watsoni" passed away from leukemia...a "downwinder". Catastrophe often defines a person whether for good or bad. In Helena's case...true character emerged.
|Helena second from the right, posing here with her sisters. Dean's grandmother is on the left.|
(written January 1979)
Born of goodly parents
In good old Farr West town,
Dean O. grew up happy
With friends that gathered 'round.
He liked his country living,
Farms and pastures on each side,
Where the rugged, rocky mountains
Hem in the valley wide.
He roams the fields together
With dog, Rufus, and his gun.
He likes to shoot at pheasants
As through the grass they run.
He loves to go out fishing
And climb Uintah Mountains high
Where the trail is rough and dangerous
Up near the clear blue sky.
With aching bones and blisters
His most challenging hike did make
From the beautiful Beaver Mountains
Over into Rainbow Lake
Skiing is a favorite sport,
Dean rides the slopes with skill.
For two years he'll miss these things.
Ah yes, I'm sure he will.
Chasing 'round in his loved Jeep
Dating girls and such,
These sacrifices he'll learn to make
For this he loves so much.
His family all will miss him
And his ever hungry face.
There will be more food for Rufus
If he eats at Dean O's place.