Helen Elizabeth Moon, age 96, passed away on January 5, 2023. She was born on September 15, 1926, in Lincolnville, Kansas to Anton and Caroline Navrat. She was united in marriage to Wayne E. Moon on February 19, 1949, in Wichita, Kansas.
Helen and Wayne lived in Wichita until 1959 when they moved to Salida, Colorado where they purchased and operated a potato chip factory. They sold their business in 1967 and moved to Grand Junction, Colorado where she remained for many years. In 2014 when her health began to decline, she moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to be closer to her sister Judy Benhardt.
Helen led a very active life. She enjoyed gardening flowers and growing grape vines and vegetables. She made wonderful jams and jellies! She enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, and boating with her husband Wayne. She also loved to crochet. She crocheted many "scrubbies" used in the kitchen. Over the years, she made an excess of 5,000 for which she gave away to family members and friends. She sold many of them and donated the profits to the Moose Ladies Auxiliary.
While living in Grand Junction, she worked and retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. After retiring, she volunteered at the downtown Senior Center.
She was very active with the Moose Lodge Chapter 1073. She served as President of the Women's Auxiliary and completed 40 years of service for which she was a lifelong member. Helen was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grand Junction.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband Wayne Moon; four sisters Irene Miltz, Bernadine Smith, Betty Krause, and Judy Benhardt; a niece Sandy Risner; and 3 nephews Dennis Smith, Steve Miltz and Keith Miltz. She is survived by 11 nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends.
A Gathering of friends and family to honor her life will be held on Friday, January 13, 2022 at 10 AM at Ingram, Smith and Turner Mortuary in Yukon. Her final resting place will be at St. Anthony Calvary Cemetery in Grand Junction, CO.