Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and auntie, Helen Huante passed away peacefully on Jan, 11, 2019 at Adventist Health Sonora. Helen was born on Dec. 14, 1928, in Bald Knob, Arkansas. We would affectionately call her "THE ARKY" and tease her still about her southern sayings. She graduated from Sonora High School in 1946 and soon went to work for Pacific Bell as an operator. She had many fun stories to tell about her times at work in the early days and using the switch boards. Wish we could share them! Soon after she met her husband to be, Joe on a blind date and they were married for nearly 68 years. Joey soon followed in 1948 and Linda was born 3 ½ years later.
Helen retired in late 1982 with 30 plus years and by this time she had her adored granddaughters, Staci and Jolene. She traveled extensively with her husband to Europe, the East Coast and took many cruises.
She was a very young grandmother who helped raise Jolene and was with Staci as much as possible. She was an avid gardener and was especially proud of her roses and azaleas. Helen collected many cookbooks and was constantly trying out new recipes for her family meals. She was an animal lover who had numerous pets over the years (both cats and dogs) most recently her favorites were CeCe and Sly cats. We always laughed and said she missed her calling and
should have been a Veterinarian. A life well lived and we will miss and love her forever.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Joe (2015); her son, Joey (1981); her mother, Willie Abbie Leach (1998) and her brother in law, Denny Sinclair (2004). She is survived by her daughter, Linda; her granddaughters and their husbands, Staci Matthes (Kevin), Jolene Meyer (Brandon); her 4 great grandchildren, Rachel and Audrey of Washington state, Macayla and Evan of Sonora; her sister, Betty Sinclair; her nieces, Karen Sinclair, Denise Homer, Sheri Sinclair; her nephew, Randy Sinclair; her great niece, Daniele Homer who was her caregiver along with Linda, and her great great nephews, Damian Homer-Goltz and Samuel Prather.
Private services will be held at a later time as per her request, Any donations in her memory please consider Tuolumne County Humane Society in Jamestown.