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Helen Marie Knight

Born: 4/3/1950, Moab, Utah
Death: 1/22/2019, Grand Junction, Colorado
Viewing: 01/30/2019, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, , Spanish Valley Mortuary
Service: 01/31/2019, 11:00 am, Moab LDS Stake Center on Locust Lane
Interment: 01/31/2019, 12:30 pm, , SunsetmMemorial Gardens Cemetery

Another Moab legend has left us. Helen Marie Knight suddenly passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at St Maryís in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Youngest daughter of Arthur Ray (Hardwater) and Madolyn Knight. She was born on April 3, 1950 in Moab, Utah. She was born with a lot of energy and maintained it her whole life. Helen had a long friendship with Bill Caudell. Later in life she married Jim Hoffman and was later divorced.

One day in 1955 when Helen came home from school she excitedly told her mom that had they named the school after her that day. She was always very proud of that. Helen loved life and people. No one was a stranger to her. She had the ability to talk to anyone as if she had known them her whole life. Sometimes we felt like she met new people as they drove into town because she seemed to know them before anyone else did. As a young girl she babysit a lot and she seemed to know most of them in town because they were always excited to see her.

She started work at the Western Grill as a junior in High School. She struggled in school, but made her best grades when she was working full time as well as going to school full time. She graduated from Grand County High in Moab in 1968. Helen met Bill Caudell in the late 60's. They never married, but had a daughter, RaeLynn, born on 30 Oct 1972. RaeLynn was the delight of her life. Bill moved to Oregon and wasnít around much during RaeLynnís up bringing. He passed away when RaeLynn was 16.

About the only time she didnít live in Moab was when she went Utah State University for six months to become a Title I teacher. She then came home and worked at the elementary school for about 3 years.

Helen worked at the Midland Telephone company in the mid 80's. In combination with her other jobs she worked as a waitress. She was an exceptional one and when the tourists over took the town, she got to know many of them, and every year when they would come for their visits they would always look her up. She never forgot their name. Many would bring her gifts and send her cards from all over the world.

She loved to listen to music, especially Elvis Presley and George Strait. One of her favorite memories was when she was given tickets to a George Strait concert from some good friends. She was planning on going to see him again in February. Helen learned her love for dancing at an early age for her Mom and Dad. Any chance she had she would be spinning, swinging, two-stepping or jitter bugging around the floor. You never knew when you would be her next dance partner. She was always so proud that she got to dance next to Burt Reynolds in the movie ďFade InĒ. She would always tell us that she was a little embarrassed because she accidently kicked him. Then she would laugh.0

Helen is survived by her daughter, Rae Lynn, her grandchildren, Abby and Jake; her siblings, Jeri (Merald White), Ginger (Garold Beddoes), Kathryn (Dennis Wilberg), and Robert (Kathy) Knight; many nieces and nephews; as well as her many, many friends near and far.

Helen is proceeded in death by her parents, a brother Don Lyman, grandnephew Westley Morgan Ing.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the 11:00 am at the Moab LDS Stake Center on Locust Lane, with a viewing at 10:00am prior to the funeral. There will also be a viewing Wednesday night, January 30, 2019 at the Spanish Valley Mortuary.

Tributes:

Helen waited tables at Canyonlands Cafe at Center & Main. She was an excellent telephone operator at ConTel Miab in 1985. Helen encouraged me to see God and ask Him for help.The last conversation that I had with Helen was I LOVE YOU, HELEN. Thank You for your hugs and Smiles.


- Matt Bailey

Oh Helen you will be missed! You touched my life for so many years.
I will always remember the funny, the crazy, the Holiday Theater. You were a pain in the butt, I always love you.
I know Rae and those Grandchildren were the light of your life.

All your nieces, great Nieces & Nephews, were your treasures and you always were at their games, cheer and all the other events your family had.

There will never be another HELEN.

I honor your memory, your hard work and
your SPECIAL friendship.

Now you can be my Angel who will keep and EYE on me.
Love you to the Moon and Back!
- Cathy Mattingly

So sad to see the passing of Helen, its been many years since I last saw her, but just as stated she remembered me and was so full of life and positive vibes. Remember her so well from school years in Moab. Condolences and thought and prayers to her daughter, grandchildren and rest of family. You lost a true Moab legend and a great person. Respectfully,
- Mike Daniels

Rae Lynn, I was in disbelief when I heard the news. Your mom was a very close friend of mine for many years, and I will carry her in my heart for many more. My heart and prayers go out to you, her grandchildren and the family. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the services due to my health, but I will be thinking of you all. Helen is surely raising a little hell up there, dancing her way across heaven, she danced so well so I can picture it. Bless you.
- Gloria Miller

So sad to see the passing of Helen, its been many years since I last saw her, but just as stated she remembered me and was so full of life and positive vibes. Remember her so well from school years in Moab. Condolences and thought and prayers to her daughter, grandchildren and rest of family. You lost a true Moab legend and a great person. Respectfully, Mike Daniels.

- Mike Daniels

Rae Lynn, I was in disbelief when I heard the news. Your mom was a very close friend of mine for many years, and I will carry her in my heart for many more. My heart and prayers go out to you, her grandchildren and the family. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the services due to my health, but I will be thinking of you all. Helen is surely raising a little hell up there, dancing her way across heaven, she danced so well so I can picture it. Bless you.

- Gloria Miller

RaeLynn and family - Please accept my sympathy for the loss of Helen. I was a classmate of hers during high school and have fond memories of her at that time and also at every GCHS Class of 68 reunion. She always seemed to be enjoying life and I admired that spirit. The Class of 68 will miss her!

- Kathy Reeder

My thoughts are with you and your kids at this time. Prayers for comfort for all of you. Know how loved your mother was. i am thankful for the opportunity to have known her.

- Laurie

So sorry for your loss. You do know there will be so many happy faces waiting for her on her arrival Home. God bless you with comfort as you mourn her absence.
- Lurell Stocks Bailey

Helen was a very special person and our hearts go out to Raelyn and her family, and to all of Helen's extended family that we have known for so many years.

- Bill & Inalyn

Helen is one of Godís true angels. She one of the sweetest, kindest human beings I have ever known. She blessed everyone with her goodness. God bless her!
- GREG HENNING

RaeLynn

I am so sorry about the loss of your mom. She touched my heart from the first day I met her. We were instantly friends and kept in touch. I will miss her. Blessing to all who loved her
- Norella Pilling aka Mary No

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