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Obituary - Helen (Sevick) Nepil


February 2, 2018

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Helen Nepil

Helen Nepil passed away Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.

She was born Jan. 15, 1923, to Jacob and Emilie Sevick on the family homestead, which was located 35 miles northeast of Big Sandy, Montana. She was the youngest of six children, with two brothers, Laddie and Adolph, and three sisters, Marie, Lilly and Emilie.

She attended high school in Billings, Montana, and married her sweetheart, Laddie Nepil, Jan. 17, 1949, at age 19. The partnership would last 56 years. They farmed 11 miles from her parent's homestead. The family moved to Big Sandy in 1956 where Laddie, in addition to farming, was a builder.

They sold the farm Aug. 30, 1967, and then lived in Big Sandy until 1973 before moving to Corvallis, Oregon. After moving to Corvallis, she worked at the Oregon State University bookstore for 12 years until her retirement at 72.

She enjoyed entertaining, china painting, playing bridge, bowling, dancing and traveling to visit her children and grandchildren. Laddie and Helen celebrated many happy years until he passed away Feb. 10, 1998.

In August of 2003, she moved to Gunnison, Colorado, where she lived in her own home until moving into the Willows after several falls. She walked daily, played bridge, danced and attended church and other social functions until by her declining health in late 2017.

Helen worked with Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers for 16 years; Hospice of Gunnison, Colorado; St. Peter's Altar/Rosary, and the Pioneer Museum.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Marjorie (David) O'Reilly, Carol Anne (Vern) Nelson, Loretta (Duane) Johnson, Lorraine (Doug) Larson and Darell (Mary) Nepil; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren plus two on the way, and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Laddie, her parents, three sisters, two brothers and a granddaughter.

Helen's funeral will be held Feb. 3 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Gunnison, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Gunnison Valley Health Hospice, 120 North Boulevard, Gunnison, CO 81230 or Willows Assisted Living, 300 N Third St., Gunnison, CO 81230.


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