Helen Cooley, 1935-2019

Helen Cooley

Helen Elaine Rose Cooley, 84, died peacefully Sept. 26, 2019, in Vernal, Utah.

She was born Jan. 13, 1935, in Florence, Arizona, the daughter of Marie Awrey Rose and Robert Harold Rose.

Helen’s father worked for the National Park Service, so the family moved frequently among the most beautiful places in the West. She attended Wasatch Academy boarding school and later graduated from Mancos High near Mesa Verde National Park.

Helen met her future husband, Max Cooley, in 1954 while attending Woodbury Business College in Los Angeles. They were married that November at her parent’s home in Sequoia Kings National Park.

They settled in Max’s hometown of Moab, Utah, where they raised five children. Max worked in the mining industry and Helen was a telephone operator.

Helen was preceded in death by her son, Robert, and sister, Marilyn Rose. She is survived by her daughters, Catherine (Roger Bullock) and Janice (Kevin Dickson); and her sons, Charles (Marilyn) and James (Karen). She will be greatly missed by her 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren who were the light of her life.

The family will have a remembrance service Saturday, Oct. 19, in Vernal, for both Helen and Max, her husband of 64 years who passed Dec. 1, 2018.

Those wishing to remember Helen in a special way may send a donation to Sierraclub.org or their favorite charity.