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Helen Louise Sheley

October 17, 1932 — September 18, 2021

Helen Louise (Hatcher) Sheley went home to be with her Lord and Savior September 18, 2021. It is such a joy to know she's in the arms of Jesus.
Helen was born in Jefferson, Texas October 17, 1932 to Vina and Sinclair Hatcher. She was raised and graduated school in Vivian, LA. After graduation she move to Shreveport, LA. While working as a telephone operator in Shreveport, she met and married the love of her life, Ben (Ned) Sheley on August 3rd, 1951 while he was stationed there in the Air Force. After a brief deployment they settled in Wichita, KS where Ned was stationed. After Ben's service in the Air Force was completed, they moved back to Ben's hometown of Clifton, CO where three of their children were born, Karen, Russ, and Jeff. In 1959 they settled down in Cortez, CO where they bought their first home and had their 4th child, Julie. Helen worked for the Cortez newspaper for years which included writing the society column. Then in 1984, Helen and Ben started their own business, ServiceMaster, which continues today as Bravo Cleaning and Restoration and is owned and operated by Helen's grandson, Randon Sheley.
A few years after Ben's death, Helen moved back to Clifton, CO and married Ben's widowed brother Don Sheley. They enjoyed 10 years of retirement together before Don's passing in January of 2015. Helen then lived with her son and his wife, Jeff and Stacy, for several years before moving to Telluride, CO in September 2020 where she lived out the rest of her days in the wonderful, loving care of her youngest daughter, Julie and her husband, Andrew Harrington.
Helen is survived by her four children, daughter, Karen (David) Jennings of Florence, AZ, her son, Russell (Wendy) Sheley of Bloomfield, NM, her son, Jeffrey (Stacy) Sheley of Grand Junction, CO, and daughter, Julie (Andrew) Harrington of Telluride, CO; her sister, Sharon Davis (Danny) of Charleston, AK, and brother, Darwin Hatcher (Betty) of Shreveport, LA; 14 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be at Ertel Memorial Chapel, Friday, September 24th, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m. Services will be held at Ertel Memorial Chapel Saturday, September 25th, 2021 at 10 a.m. with graveside services to follow at Cortez Cemetery.

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Friday, September 24, 2021

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Cortez Cemetery

Cortez, CO 81321

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