Usery, Helene Rae

Helene Rae “Nyberg” Usery was born June 12th, 1934 in Mountain Home, Utah to Ernest Don and Ruby Helene “Hansen” Nyberg. She passed away at her Ferndale home with family at her side on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17th, 2016. She was 81 years old.

Helene loved to garden, crochet, sew, collect rocks, and read. She was an avid water-colorist. She traveled extensively. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. The oldest grandchildren each had the privilege of taking an individual trip with her.

She was the fifth of seven children. She was raised in Mountain Home. In her youth she was known as “Midge.” She attended grade and high school in Mountain Home, Utah. She excelled as a student. She was the salutatorian of her senior class. In 1952 she attended the University of Utah, School of Nursing for one year. In March of 1954 she met the love of her life, Raymond Usery. They were married 16 October 1954. Raymond and Helene with their children lived in Rangley, Colorado; Meeker, Colorado; Blanding, Utah and settled in Cortez, Colorado where they raised their family.

When Helene and her husband retired, they moved to Bellingham, Washington, later settling in Ferndale, Washington. She is the mother of two daughters and two sons. She worked as a court reporter, and worked in the S&H Green Stamp Store and as an office manager for the local TV station. She served as the PTA President in Cortez.

Raymond and Helene with their children were sealed as a family in the LDS Manti Temple in Manti, Utah on 25 August 1973. She has fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served as a missionary for the LDS church with her husband in Alabama for one year in 1985. She is survived by: daughters Dawna and (David) Palmer of Mesa, Arizona; Barbara and (Austin) Stegner of Mount Vernon, Washington; sons Charles and (Beth) Usery of Ferndale, Washington; Thomas and (Valerie) Usery of Mesa, Arizona; grandchildren Dylan and Megan Palmer, Linnea and Andre Stegner, Sara and (Jeffrey) Laugenour, Nicole and (Jon) Slater, Charly Rae and (Robert) Schindler, Joshua and Dexter Usery; Aaron, Shawn, Drake and Jessica Usery; great grandchild Lisa-Mckenzie Laugenour. She is also survived by three brother in-laws, three sister in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceeded in death by her husband Raymond Usery, her parents, her siblings: Robert Nyberg, Margie Boswell, Blaine Nyberg, LaVon VanTassell, Nellie Hyatt and Peter Nyberg; and her grandson Michael Harvey Usery.

Viewing for Mrs. Usery will be at the LDS Church-2550 Thornton Road, Ferndale, Washington on Friday, March 25th, 2016, 11:00am-12:00pm. The funeral service will follow at 1:00pm with internment afterward at Enterprise Cemetary in Ferndale. Flowers and cards maybe be sent to 3778 Aldergrove Road, Ferndale, WA 98248.

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