NLJ Staff


April 28, 1931–June 30, 2021

Helen Agnes (Morris) Knipp was born the third in a family of eight children of Ben and Edna (Pridgeon) Morris. She had six brothers and one sister. She attended grade school at Knobby Knoll and graduated from Newcastle High School in 1950. She married her neighbor and lifetime sweetheart, Richard (Dick) Knipp, in 1951. They moved to Osage, where Dick worked for Black Hills Power and Light for 41 and a half years. They raised five children, Shirley Ann, Bonnie Joyce, James Richard, Linda Lou and Patty Jo.

Helen did lots of craft work — quilts, pillows, dolls, stuffed toys, ceramics, etc. She attended many craft shows in Wyoming and east to Midland, S.D.

She was a poet and received many awards and published a book, as well as appearing in many papers and magazines. She collected dolls and accumulated over 800.  Helen drove an area school bus for five and a half years. She canned many hundreds of jars of jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, vegetables, meats, etc. Always said she’d sooner can than eat. Thank God for a mother who taught her how! She was proud of a husband who would not let her work; he said if a man married, it was his job to support her! Dick died Feb. 20, 2015. They were married 64 years.

Helen is survived by her siblings, William Morris, Robert Morris and Joyce Hammell; children, Shirley (Ken) Carnes, Bonnie (Troy) Rus, Jim (Lori) Knipp, Linda Porter, and Patty (Royal) Duneman; grandchildren, Jason (Rebecca), Jalene (Frank), Kimberlee (Joshua), Dustin (Cidna), Troy (Teela), Chad (Kayla), Jerry (Kim), Shawn (Amanda), Kyle, Katie (Yakima), Chance (Rachael), Tina (Eric), Willy (Tonya), Christina (Drew), and Eva (Allen); as well as numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Edna Morris; husband, Richard Knipp; brothers, Henry “Bus” Morris, James Morris, Richard Morris, and Benjamin Morris; grandson, Allen Pitlick; and great-granddaughter, Carsyn Stager.

Funeral service for Helen will be held Friday, July 9, at noon, with visitation starting at 11 a.m. at Meridian Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Smile Train.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Meridian Mortuary, 111 S. Railroad Ave. Newcastle, WY 82701. Condolences may also be expressed at meridianmortuary.com.



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