Helen Mitchell

Helen Marie Mitchell, 86, of Sheridan passed on Monday, January 11, 2021. 

Helen was born to Leon and Nola (Osborn) Cook in Gillette, WY and was raised thirty miles south of Gillette. She attended two years of high school in Gillette. In 1949, her folks bought one of the Leiter Estates places on Clear Creek. Helen attended her junior and senior year in high school in Clearmont and graduated in 1952. 

In the fall of 1952, Helen married Junior R. Mitchell in Story, WY.  They shared their lives together for 57 years. At that time J.R. lived right across the road from her house. Together they had four children. In 1964, when the children were old enough to join 4-H, Helen and her neighbors started a 4-H club called Clear Creek Livestock.  She was a 4-H community leader for twenty years and a project leader for fifteen years, though continued to be involved in many aspects outside of those roles and beyond those years. She and her children were all ten-year members of 4-H.  All gained many awards through the years. 

They raised Registered Suffolk sheep which Helen showed at the Wyoming State Fair and other regional shows for thirty years, enjoying every minute of it. In 1968, she was selected as Outstanding Young Woman of America.

They operated an egg laying business called Clear Creek Eggs for sixteen years, providing eggs to Sheridan, Buffalo, and Gillette. They ran their cows in the Peters Grazing Association for twenty years.

Helen was a member of the Clearmont Women’s Club for thirty years. She served as an election judge for twenty years, was a member of AARP and a volunteer for the blood drive in August every year. Her hobbies were leather craft, photography, woodworking, bowling, scrapbooks, gardening and traveling.

Helen is survived by her children: Betty Mitchell of Sheridan, Bonnie (Lester) Drake of Buffalo, and Robert (Christal) Mitchell of Miles City, MT.  She is also survived by her grandchildren – Jennifer and Levi Drake, and Alexander, Brandon and Nicholas Mitchell.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and daughter Jessie Mitchell.

A memorial service is presently being planned for later in the year.

Memorials to honor Helen can be made to: The Hub, 211 Smith Street, Sheridan, WY 82801.  (formerly Sheridan Senior Center) or to donor’s choice. Arrangements are under the care of Sheridan Funeral Home, 1423 O’Dell Court, Sheridan, WY 82801.

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2 months ago

I’m so sad to read of Helen’s passing. She has been a neighbor for many years. I always enjoyed visiting with her. She was a very lovely lady. Deepest sympathies to the family.

Bud Sanders
2 months ago

Helen, Junior and their family were neighbors and good friends of my parents in Clearmont. They met frequently for card playing. She was an awesome, loving and committed woman. Helen authored a book “Mitchell’s Clear Creek Eggs” about their life and business on Clear Creek. It is available at the Clearmont Historical Group Center in Clearmont.

Mary Alice Caldwell
2 months ago

So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing-she was a year ahead of me at Clearmont H.S. and was so nice – and was all through her life from what folks are saying. I only saw her a time or two since High School, but we never forget classmates. The last time I saw her was at the Walmart store in Sheridan when I was visiting just 3 years ago – and when she recognized me she gave me a BIG hug and we had a few moments to “catch up” on each others lives. So happy I had those moments with her!! Condolences to her family and friends.

2 months ago

So sorry to here of Helen’s passing, she was always at the Sheridan County and State fair’s. She will be missed.