Martha Helen Seymour, age 93 of Richland Center, WI died on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Schmitt Woodland Hills Assisted Living facility.
Mrs. Seymour was born December 2, 1920, the daughter of Andrew and Laura McCollum Golden of Culbertson, MT. Her father, Andrew, came to America from Norway when he was seventeen years old and homesteaded in MT. With the help of his brother, Theodore, he built a successful ranching business. Helen was proud of her father, beloved Uncle and her Norwegian heritage. She grew up with four sisters and a brother, participating in country life. She attended elementary school in the country school close to the family ranch. When it was time for high school, the family rented a home in Culbertson where she graduated from Culbertson High School at the age of sixteen. Following graduation she went to business college in Los Angeles, CA.
Helen returned to Montana and worked in several business departments before meeting Roy Seymour. She was the office manager of Carlson Co. And he was a sales representative for Nash Finch Co. They were married May 29, 1941. In 1944, Helen and her husband started the Golden Rule Department Store with his brother in Big Timber, MT. In 1947 after selling the store, they moved to Hyattville, WY where they owned and operated Cold Springs Lumber Co., a logging and sawmill business. Helen was the business manager and bookkeeper for the company. She was active in the Methodist Church, Eastern Star, various community clubs and functions, as well as school activities. She was a kind and generous person, with an optimistic view of life that never wavered. She loved to bake and was often called on to donate baked goods for local fund raising efforts. She truly loved her home and family. She also provided a home for all the stray animals her children brought home, rarely saying no. Her wit and great sense of humor were enjoyed by friends and family alike.
In 1961 the family moved to Dubois, WY where Roy continued to work in the lumber business and Helen worked at Dubois National Bank. From 1969 to 1981, Roy’s work took them to New Mexico, back to Wyoming, and finally to Ft. Collins, CO where they lived for eight years before his retirement. Helen once again had the opportunity to pursue her hobbies of sewing, needlework, antiquing and her love of shopping. In 1982 they moved to Richland Center, WI and enjoyed an active retirement with winter stays in Arizona, California and Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Laura; her husband Roy; and three sisters: Beula Remhil. Gladys Helland and Genevieve Makoff.
Helen is survived by: her brother James A. Golden, Helena, MT,sister Margaret L. Brandt, Lake Oswego, OR, Three children:daughter Martha A. Shields (Tom), Richland Center, WI,
Son James R. Seymour of Rock Springs, WY, Daughter Kathryn S. Powell (John) of Laramie, WY Four grandchildren:Justin Seymour of Rifle, CO, Jason Cross of Baltimore, MD, Jennifer Powell of Ft. Collins, CO, Jonathan Powell of Baltimore, MD. Three great grandchildren:
Nathan Cross of Baltimore, MD, Ashaya and Marcus Salazar of Ft. Collins, CO. Several nieces and nephews.
As Helen requested, cremation has taken place and a family memorial service will be held in Wyoming at a later date. A memorial marker has been placed with her husband’s in Bozeman, MT.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Schmitt Woodland Hills Building Fund, 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center, WI 53581, or to a charity of choice.
The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service in Richland Center is assisting the family.