Helen Jeanette (Ricks) Nisson, 85, passed peacefully on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Boundary Community Hospital, Bonners Ferry. Per Helen’s request, there will be a graveside service only, which will take place at Swan Valley Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29.
Helen was born on June 26, 1935, in Idaho Falls to Reed Crandall Ricks and LaVaun Molly (McKay) Ricks. Helen enjoyed her childhood in Swan Valley, Idaho, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She and her childhood friends loved jitterbug dancing, riding bicycles all over Irwin, playing on the swing bridge on the river and trail riding. These childhood friends became lifetime friends to Helen up until her death.
She enjoyed her summers working at the Wort Hotel and various lodges in Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada. Helen married Warren Charles Nisson on January 10, 1959, in Elko, Nevada, after meeting him in Jackpot, Nevada.
Helen spent her life raising five children, being their biggest supporter and cheerleader. She held several positions throughout her working years. She worked as a waitress, managed a clothing store and was an admin for Blatner Construction to name a few. Helen, Warren and their children traveled and worked in construction throughout the north and southwestern states, moving more than 50 times in her life. She and Warren spent their retirement as longtime Gooding County residents. They traveled and spent quality time with their family and friends.
They spent several years as snowbirds in Arizona and Nevada.
Over the past few years, Helen had relocated to Moyie Springs. This fulfilled her desire to return to North Idaho/northwestern Montana after falling in love with it while her husband had been working on Libby Dam many years ago.
She loved spending her days watching the abundant wildlife, playing pinochle, following Pro Bull Riding, loved listening to old classic country, was an avid QVC home network shopper and an adamant Trump supporter.
Anyone who met Helen knew she was outgoing and loved to tell stories about her family, especially her grandchildren and her past.
Survivors include children Warren (Kathy) Nisson, LaBarge, Wyoming, Brett (Cristy) Nisson, Moyie Springs, Kristi Nisson, Moyie Springs, Kraig (Heida) Nisson, Twin Falls, Idaho, Klint (Marva) Nisson of Tehachapi, California, 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, sister Nancy (Don) Nelleson and brother, Darrel (Penny) Ricks. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren, parents Reed and LaVaun Ricks, and her beloved brother Dean Ricks.
Arrangements are under the care of Woods Funeral Home, Idaho Falls.