Helen Lower Simmons was born April 18, 1929 in Lewiston, Utah to Steven and Oka Lower. She graduated from North Cache High School. Having been inspired by her 7th grade Home Economics teacher, she graduated from Utah State University in 1952 with her home economics education degree with a journalism minor. She was then hired as the home economics and journalism teacher at Logan High School, where she made a difference in the lives of many students.
Helen met her future husband John Robert (Jack) Simmons shortly after she enrolled at USU. Just as their friendship was developing, he left to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand, where he served from 1949-51. Their friendship blossomed through letter writing. Six weeks following his return, he was drafted into the Army. They became engaged Christmas 1951 when he was home on leave and married May 2, 1952, in the Logan LDS Temple, days prior to his 15-month deployment to Japan during the Korean War.
Following Jack’s graduation from USU, they lived in California, 1956-61, while he completed his Ph.D. (Cal-Tech) and post-doctoral fellowship (Stanford). They and their family of three boys (John ,Jr., Richard and Stephen) returned to Logan when he was hired as a professor of biology at USU. A daughter (Patricia) completed their family a few years later.
Helen has been actively involved in USU and community affairs such as the PTA, USU Faculty Women’s League, League of Women’s Voters, and the Logan City Fine Arts Committee. She and Jack were co-presidents of the USU Emeriti Association and members of the Old Main Society.
She energetically served by her husband’s side as he was the President of the Oregon Eugene Mission (1993-96) and as the Logan LDS Temple Presidency 1st Counselor (1999-2002). She loves the scriptures and is a strong defender of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Helen has always been driven to create works of beauty — whether it is a beautiful home and yard, stunning clothing, exquisite flower arrangements, or delicious and healthy meals. She is generous with her talents and gifts, which has brought joy to many people throughout her life. Even at the age of 90, she still works hard and serves others — especially her family.
Her four children, 13 grand-children, 21 great-children, and one great-great-grandchild love her and are grateful for her long legacy of hard work, service, devotion to God and country and love of family.
We love you, Mom!