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Helen T. Edwards

October 23, 1929 – August 22, 2012Helen T. Edwards passed away from complications after a long illness on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at the Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 82 years old.Helen was born in Los Angeles California to Danish immigrants Jens & Erna Wacher on October 23, 1929. She spent her childhood years in the Mojave Desert in the small town of Trona, California graduating from high school in 1947 with a four year scholarship to the University of California Berkeley where she graduated in 1951with a BA in Social Welfare.During her childhood, she and her family escaped summers in the desert by the cool dunes of Carmel, California. After college she married James C. Russell and they enjoyed life in Santa Barbara with their daughter until Jim was killed along with 12 other seamen in a Cold War sabotage event outside the Channel Islands. After his death, Helen married Wm. (Bill) A. Edwards Jr. and they raised their blended family in Montecito, California thru the 1960’s until his passing in 1980.Helen traveled between Aspen and Montecito until 1988 when she relocated to the Ranch at Roaring Fork with Robert (Bob) Schmidt. They moving to Little Elk Creek in Old Snowmass where they enjoyed the views, walks with their Labrador retrievers and working in Aspen and Basalt. Whether on the beaches of Santa Barbara or in the Rocky Mountains, Helen always enjoyed walking her dogs and various other “doggie friends” who would join them. Additionally, her love and support for her granddaughter, Vanessa, was never-ending and evident at all of Vanessa’s horse shows, school events and every special occasion.Helen worked for 60 years of her life mostly in retail sales and management as well as Social Welfare Services. Sometimes retail was like “social work” when in the 1960’s she had her own shoe store in Isla Vista California during the riots on UCSB orin the 1970’s working at the first Cheap Shots second hand store in an old barn across from Little Annie’s in Aspen orin Montecito where she managed the upscale boutique in Pierre La Fond named Wendy Foster. It was all “social work.”When she returned to the Aspen Valley in 1988, she worked at Antiques & Uniques, Pitkin County Dry Goods and later managed Midland Clothing in Basalt for a number of years.Helen and Bob Schmidt retired in Cedaredge in 2002 where she enjoyed 10 years of cultivating more beautiful gardens and lovely living spaces, creating ponds, “conquering the prairie”, walking her dogs and reading voraciously.She is survived by her husband, Robert (Bob) Schmidt of Cedaredge; daughter Jeannie Carter of Aspen; granddaughter, Vanessa Carter of Aspen; Sister Inger Jane Keen and her husband Stuart of Pasadena, CA; niece Lise Keen of Pasadena, CA; Nephew Darby Keen of Park City UT and her beloved Labrador, Sassy.Helen lived her life with grace, dignity and style. Helen would love those who knew her to remember her by keeping her family and all of God’s Creation in prayers of love. A gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date to celebrate her life. Please email Jeannie Carter for more information: eyeamblessed@comcast.com.

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