Nov 022011

Reverend Helen Louise Burgess, 83, of Apache Junction went home to meet the Lord on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. She was surrounded and comforted by family and friends at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Broken Arrow Chapel in Bita Hochee.

Helen was born May 25, 1928, in Ravalli, Mont.

She was an ordained and licensed minister with Assembly of God, Springfield, Mo., for the past 60 years. Helen was a strong Christian woman who had such a great love for the Lord. She ministered to people, won people to the Lord and had always been a great testimony to others.

During her ministry, Helen and her fellow co-pastor, Phyllis Hammerbacker (also with the Lord), helped build 19 churches in various native communities such as the Navajo, Apache and Yakima reservations, to name a few.

Helen loved working with Native Americans due to her appreciation of her own Montana roots.

She was a beautiful, happy and spiritual woman inside and out. To a lot of people she was a mother, aunt, cousin, sister and a grandmother, but most of all a great friend. She will be truly missed, but she is in a better place, happy as ever sitting by our Lord and Savior.

Survivors include her brother, Bill Burgess, nephews Don Burgess, Mack Burgess, Dennis Burgess and his wife Judy Burgess, niece Sharon Hank, cousin Ruth Roderick, her granddaughter Loredana Soke and great-grandson Jason Tua Tenorio Jr.