Helen Jewel McPeek Caufield

Feb. 15, 1920 – Feb. 19, 2012

No funeral services will be held but a private celebration of the life of Helen Jewel McPeek Caufield will held at a later date. Helen died Feb. 19, in Redding, Calif., where she had resided for 33 years

Helen was born Feb. 15, 1920, in Lander. Her family moved to Casper where they homesteaded on Casper Mountain. When Helen was 3 years old, the family traded the homestead on Casper Mountain for a farm on the Greybull River. She attended schools in Basin, Otto and Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School in 1938.

She worked for the Farm Security Administration until she married Sherman J. Caufield on May 1, 1940. The couple lived near Cody during the 1940s and into the ‘50s at which time they moved to Worland where they lived at the Wyoming Boys Industrial Institute where Sherman was a shop foreman. They later moved their young family to Manderson where Helen helped her husband operate his automobile repair business.

In 1963 the family moved to Colusa, Calif., where she worked for the Colusa County Public Library for five years. They returned to Worland in the late 1960s and Helen worked as a reporter for the Northern Wyoming Daily News.

Helen enjoyed camping, painting, reading, crafts and spending time with her family.

Her parents, Wintferd Addison and Carrie McPeek; husband Sherman Caufield in 2008; daughter Connie Harris in 2003; two brothers, Keith McPeek and James McPeek; and two sisters, LaRoice Mayland and Lela Snyder, preceded her in death.

She is survived by three children, Thomas Caufield of Gloucester, Va., Jeanne Westley of Beaverton, Ore., and Susan Atten of Redding, Calif.; brother, Lyle McPeek of San Dimas, Calif.; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.