Helen B. ReganNov 29, 2012 Staff
Helen B. Regan, formerly of Lander, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at the Fallon County Medical Center in Baker, Mont., after battling a longterm illness. She was 72 years old.
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Worden Funeral Home in Newcastle. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the First Baptist Church in Newcastle, with Pastor Gary Anderson officiating. Burial will be Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander, with Pastor Rod Kilsdonk from the Assembly of God Church in Baker, Mont., officiating.
Helen Berniece Regan was born Dec. 29, 1939, in Corning, Iowa, the daughter of Leo and Emily Russell.
Her father came to Wyoming for a hunting trip with some friends and liked it so well that he became employed on a road construction crew and the family started west. She lived in many towns and changed many schools along the way, including Corning, Iowa, Clearfield, Iowa, Sargarent, Neb., Wheatland, Basin and finally landing in Lander where Helen graduated from high school and met her beloved husband, John Gordon Regan. They married June 27, 1957, in Lander.
After beginning a logging company together, her family ended up making Newcastle their home in May 1973.
Mrs. Regan was active with the Girl Scout program for 10 years and helped establish the first Emergency Management Fan Out program in Newcastle.
She loved learning and started going to college through the night programs that were offered through Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington. She earned her associate degree in 1999.
She worked for the State of Wyoming at the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp and served with the Wyoming Department of Probation and Parole for 11 years. She loved serving and caring for others, and she demonstrated this often, even by being involved in the Weston County Therapeutic Foster Parent Program.
Her family said she liked quilting, needlepoint, crocheting, knitting, reading and just about anything having to do with crafts. She was always busy crafting something for someone. She also loved bowling and watching and encouraging her children in whatever endeavors they chose.
Her greatest passion was her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; always striving to live a life pleasing to Him in word and in deed.
She is survived by her children, Judy Lynn Regan Hartinger and her husband Joe of Baker, Mont., Jolene Marie Regan Benavides of Fort Sumner, N.M., John Gordon Regan Jr. of Newcastle, Jeffery Virgil Regan and his wife Lisa Lam of Newcastle, and Julie Berniece Regan Gaukel and her husband Kevin of Keeline; grandchildren Christi Hartinger Layten and her husband Ray, Candi Hartinger Thomas and her husband Beaue, Shane Hartinger and his wife Emily, Sonia Benavides Garcia and her husband Patrick, Andrew Benavides, Melissa Benavides, Jessica Regan Wellman and her husband Chris, Wade Regan, Kaitlin Berniece, Kylee Maureen, Kaden John Gaukel, Jenny Sullivan and Billy Hobbs; great-grandchildren Alexis Benavides, Saloma Garcia, Ernest Garcia, Patricio Garcia, Olena Garcia, Anthony Garcia, Alexander Garcia, Skyler Thomas, Kynzi Thomas, Makiya Thomas, Ashtyn Thomas, Addyson Layten and Parker Layten; sister Janice Verlee Becker of Omaha, Neb.; brother Burdette Russell and his wife Shirley of Riverton; sister-in-law Janet Russell of Rock Springs; many nieces and nephews; and special foster care child Amanda Hurtado.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Gordon Regan; parents Leo Virgil Russell and Emily Berniece Yearington Russell; sister Beverly Allen; brother Gary Russell; nephew Kurt Becker; sister-in-law Beverly Florence Russell; son-in-law Joseph Alan Hartinger; and great-granddaughter Tailar Wellman.