Helen Gardner Carter

Helen Gardner Carter passed away peacefully at her home in St. George, Washington County, Utah, on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at the age of 93. She was born in St. George, Utah on July 15, 1926, to Leornal and Partha Ann Gardner. She was the second born of eight children. Her family spent the winters in St. George and the spring and summer months at the ranch near Central, Utah. Helen attended schools in both Central and St. George including Woodward Jr. High, graduating from Dixie High School. She totally enjoyed her first job at age 16 as a “Soda Jerk” at Wadsworth Fountain in St. George making milkshakes and floats. During WWII she went to California with her girlfriends to help the war effort by working in a defense factory making radiators for airplane motors. Helen married sweetheart Ernest Wayne Carter on Friday, July 13, 1945, in the St. George Temple. They raised 10 beautiful children. Helen was beloved by family and friends for her feisty character, fun nature, and her firm beliefs. She was a witty, entertaining writer and nurtured and encouraged great creativity in her children. In her later years, though totally wheelchair-bound, she could be found either weeding, gardening or pulling delighted little ones around in a cart attached to her motorized wheelchair.

She is survived by sons, Robert, John, Kenneth and daughters, Judy, Joyce, Maryann, Donna, Deanna, and Sherrie; brothers Malin and George and sister Ann. In addition, she leaves behind forty-six grandchildren, eighty-eight great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren, with more on the way. Her legacy will also live on in her eleven step-grandchildren, twenty-nine step-great-grandchildren, and four-step great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents Leornal and Partha, husband Wayne, daughter Connie, grandson Clayton, great-grandsons Derek and Triston, great-granddaughter Lilly, brothers Ed, Leo, Melvin and sister Mary.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 10 at 11:00 am, with a viewing prior from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah 84770.

To view a webcast of the service go to : Webcast.funeralrecording.com       Event: 23399     Password: HGC082019

Interment will be at Central Cemetery in Central, Utah with a family gathering to follow at the ranch.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George, Utah (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Helen Carter‘s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com



9:00-10:30 am

Second Visitation


11:00 am


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


12:30 pm
Central Cemetery
Central, Utah

Guest Book

5 Responses

  1. I have many fond memories of Aunt Helen as I grew up. I have always felt welcome and loved by her. She will be greatly missed.

  2. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I’m sure she was greeted by all the loved ones that have been waiting for her. She was soawesome to us and we will miss her so much. May your hearts be healed and the pain of l losing one great woman be remembered for ever.. Your family is in our heats and prayers and anything you need we want to help.

  3. Sending my sincere love and thoughts to all. Helen always made me feel welcome in Her home when I was young. I have
    fond memories of Her sweet laugh and encouragement to make music.
    Love Always,
    Pamela G Black

  4. I have many pleasant memories of Helen and family from my youth. Her laugh was unforgettable..Her love radiated from Her beautiful face and it shined in Her beautiful smile.
    My Sincere condolences and love to the family,
    Pamela G Black

  5. May peace be with you and your family at this difficult time. We love you and our prayers are with you today and always.

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