Helen Jo Youngblood, 1936 ~ 2011

Our beloved mother Helen Jo Youngblood, left this world, the morning of Nov. 29, 2011 to pass through the veil and rejoin her family in heaven.

Helen Jo was born to Jack Clifton Beeson and Helen Murphy Beeson on her brother J.C.’s third birthday, Oct. 27, 1936 in Moab, Utah. She was the only sister among four brothers: J.C., Mark, Lloyd Lee and Ted Beeson. Her brother Lloyd died as a young lad of eight.

Helen Jo enjoyed her childhood in Moab, surrounded by red rocks, numerous cousins and family.

Helen Jo married Dale Henry Holyoak on Aug. 22, 1953 in a double ceremony. To this union was born five beautiful daughters: Daleine Jo, Lorette Vee, Riata Lee, Tonya Kim, and Rickelle Jaye. Dale and Helen Jo later divorced.

Helen Jo married Dale Youngblood on Sept. 11, 1993 in Moab, Utah and added five stepchildren to her family. Mother loved being surrounded by her family and opened her heart and home to numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Helen Jo valued education, both formal and informal. She earned her high school diploma and went on to earn an associates degree after her children were born. She enjoyed studying history and autobiographies and loved reading books and crossword puzzles.

Helen Jo and Dale Youngblood loved to travel and enjoyed visiting children and grandchildren around the states. They also enjoyed the outdoors, four-wheeling, walking through the hills, rock-hunting and metal-detecting to find lots of treasures. She loved taking her grandkids climbing the red rocks up behind her house.

Helen Jo was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; her brother, Lloyd Lee; her nephew, Lloyd Guy Beeson; and her husband, Dale Youngblood.

Helen Jo is survived by the father of her daughters, Dale Holyoak; her girls, Daleine (Tony) Martin, Lorette “Yordy” Eastwood, Riata Lee Ganino, Tonya Kim (RD) Blackburn and Rickelle Jaye (Clemente) Gomez; and stepchildren, David (Nancy) Youngblood, Deborah Bublitz, Don (Donna) Youngblood, Terri (Dan) Webb, and Lea (Jerry) Smith. She is also survived by 25 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, with another one on the way; brothers, J.C. (Jo) Beeson, Mark (Edith) Beeson, Ted (Eula) Beeson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her faithful companion, Zella.

Our beloved mother left us a legacy of love and strength. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at the LDS Church, 475 West 400 North in Moab. A viewing will be held at Spanish Valley Mortuary on Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the LDS Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.