Helen Prewett, 95, a former business owner, passed away Jan. 1 from natural causes at PMC Extended Care.
Per her request there will be no services.
Helen was born May 26, 1918 to Clyde and Gladys Price in Simms. She joined a sister, Lillian, and a short time later, a sister Nellie, and a brother Virg also joined the family.
Helen was raised in Simms and completed her education there. While in junior high, she was very proud that she was able to play basketball on the high school varsity squad. She played ball all through high school and loved every minute of it. Another memory of hers was making the winning basket during a championship game.
Helen graduated from high school in 1936. In 1937, she married Marvin (Bun) Prewett with whom she had gone to school.
In 1938, Helen and Bun welcomed a daughter, Mourine Prewett Grubb. During their first few years of marriage, they lived in a few small communities on the Hi-line due to Bun working for the Great Northern Railway. In the early 1940s, they moved to Conrad, and that continued to be their home.
The first few years Helen was a homemaker. Even by then, she was known as a “great cook”. Few knew that she was a great seamstress, always sewing for herself and Mourine, but also making cheerleading costumes. Later on in the years, she did a lot of sewing for the grandkids, making dresses, coats, sport coats and everything looked professional.
She started working in retail and ended up working at Valentines Style Shop. Helen found her niche. She developed a reputation for being the gal to ask about clothes. Many husbands knew they could rely on her to pick out something for their wives.
After 20-some years working for someone else, she decided to venture out on her own, and started Helen’s of Conrad. Her reputation followed her, and she was a success. With the opening of the store, her 14-year-old granddaughter Pam started learning from grandma. Pam was able to purchase the store in 1984 when Helen said, “I have worked enough.”
Prior, and during, Helen and Bun’s retirement years, they did a lot of traveling with friends, seeing many wonderful sights. They loved riding their motorcycle and spending time with their five grandchildren. They settled in Arizona golfing and enjoying the warm weather.
Bun passed away in 1991, Helen continued to winter in the south. In 2010, she felt she should be closer to the family and moved back to Conrad. She resided there until her passing.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Mourine (Byron) Grubb; five grandchildren, Pam (Willy) Marsh, Cary (Prudy) Grubb, Tracy (Karen) Grubb, Ryan (Holly) Grubb and Dana (Rich) McNeece; 13 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by both parents, her husband, sisters and brother.
Helen will be missed by all of her family. She will always be known as that “classy lady”.