November 19, 1928 – August 19, 2017
Helen Irva (Summers) Irwin was born on November 19,1928, and was called home to be with her husband on August 19, 2017. Helen resided in Hot Springs, with her daughter Alice Bechtold in their home.
Helen worked for 27 years as a nurse aide at VA Medical Center in Hot Springs, and volunteered at the VA after retiring, as well as the MJ Fitzmaurice SD State Veterans Home. She was a lifetime member at the American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary. Having five generations of her life
to spend her days and evenings with, Helen joked that this is what keeps her young.
Her great-great grandchildren visited and spent time with her daily, supplying her with many hugs and kisses to keep her day full. Helen was not just a mother, grandmother, great-great grandmother; she was also our family matriarch - she was the glue that held us together. She will forever be missed and remembered every day.
It is better to remember those she has still here on earth who will continue to love and cherish her and relish in her memory: Clifford (Diane) Irwin their children: Todd (Laura); Alicia (Chance and Payton), Tana. Sandra (Harold) Burdette their children: Joel (Corrina) Burdette; Cheyenne, Sandy, Meshelle and Valentina. Cynthia (Russell) Chick and their daughter Olivia.
Carolyn (Ralph) Hancock their children: Jay (Jackie) Hancock; Taylor and Justin, daughter Kristi Hancock children Conner and Cameron. Alice Bechtold her children: Lee (Bonnie) Broyles; Kim, Travis, Dallas, Becky, Valerie, Ian, Jaden and Mason; daughter Misti Broyles her children Kayla Davis(Evelyn and Easton), Morgan Massat (Ayedn and Ainslee) and Wyat Bloom. Youngest son Jonathan Bechtold( daughters Levity and Harmony). Nora (Bob/Robert) Brill their children; son David (Tabbatha) Brill and their children Chelsie,Katie, and Seth, son Cody(Brenda) Brill and their children; Allen, Newton, Felicity, Victoria, Andrew, Robert and Tristin. and their youngest son Jody Brill. Helen also cared for her nephew’s Joe Kaufman, Charles L. Irwin and niece Nadine Smith.
There will be a celebration of life for Helen on July 7, 2018 in Hot Springs, SD details will be posted closer to date.