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
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.
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.
was preceded in death by her husband, a sister and 2
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
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.