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Information for Helen J. Simpson Novis
10 June, 1900 - 19 June, 1996
The Idaho Press-Tribune
June, 1996

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Helen Novis
    Helen J. Novis, 96, of Nampa died Wednesday, June 19, 1996, at a Nampa care center.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 22, at the First Congregational Church, Nampa.  Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.  Arrangements are under the direction of Persons-Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
    Helen was born June 10, 1900, at Hebron, Indiana, to William J. and Amanda Simpson.  She lived in Indiana until the age of 10 when the family moved to Trego County, Kansas, where she attended school.  After graduation from high school, she began teaching.  She taught first through eighth grades at the Rinker School for seven years.  Helen married Laurence Novis, June 1, 1925.  They lived in the Trego County area until moving to Gooding, Idaho, in 1936 where they resided until November of 1952.  At that time they moved to Nampa.  Laurence died in November 1978.
    Helen was a charter member of the First Congregational Church, and also belonged to The Good Neighbors Club, the Canyon County Association for the Blind, the Heritage Kitchen Band and enjoyed many years of volunteer work.
    Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Laurene and Bob Burns of Nampa, Marlene Brownlee of Syracuse, Kansas, Kathy and Larry Jeppesen of Meridian, and Maxine Hill of Nampa; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Novis of Gooding, and Ethel Ohelemeier of Arlington, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister and 2 brothers.
    On June 9th, she enjoyed a family picnic on the lawn of the Nampa Care Center in honor of her 96th birthday.  In attendance were all four of her daughters and spouses and most of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Friends may call from 5 until 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday at Persons-Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
    Memorials may be given to the First Congregational Church or flowers may be sent.

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