The Edmond Sun


May 20, 2014

Helene D. Girardin

EDMOND —     Helene D. Girardin, 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 19, 2014. She was born October 29, 1918, in Denver, Colo., to Marie and Michael Dolan.

    Helene was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Martin Dolan; and husbands Francis Geib and Carl Girardin.

    She is survived by her sons Thomas M. Geib and wife Diane of Fairfax, Va., Richard W. Geib and wife Peggy of Edmond, Okla., and Gerald K. Geib and wife Lori of Powder Springs, Ga.; two nieces, Sally Vagneur, of Basalt, Colo. and Janet Pretti of Port Orford, Ore.; sister-in-law, Betty Geib, of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; six granddaughters, four grandsons; 14 great-grandchildren; step-daughter, Donna Furgeson and husband, Mel of Denver, Colo.; step-son, Carl Girardin and wife Lavonne of Cheyenne, Wyo.

    Helene’s career as an elementary teacher started in LaJunta, Colo., in 1942 and later at Allendale Elementary in Arvada, Colo., where she touched many young lives and established life-long friendships with her colleagues. Helene was known for her generous spirit, contagious giggle, love of gardening and the great outdoors, passion for travel around the world, and pride in her family.

    Her faith was a constant guide in her life-long journey.

    Services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond. A private family graveside will be Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Mount Olivet Cemetery, with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. at Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary Chapel in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

    In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Time-Out Ministry at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Edmond.

    Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, OK.

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