Helen F. Harney

Helen F. Harney, a resident of Laramie since 2006, died Monday, May 22, 2017, at the Cheyenne Regional Hospital.


Helen was born in 1924 in Paris, Kentucky. She completed a high school education in Paris and married Eugene in 1946. Eugene made his career in the Air Force and they traveled the world for the next 29 years. Helen worked in Civil Service during that time and had the primary responsibility for raising their three children.


Helen had a gift with technology and was never hesitant to learn something new. At 92, texting, emailing, and even ordering clothes online came naturally to her. She loved to play bridge and to read, always having a book by her side. She was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos, showing pride in their successes and providing good advice for their failures.


Helen is survived by her three children:  David lives in Sheridan, Wyoming; Suzanne resides in Laramie, Wyoming; and Alan is a resident of Evanston, Illinois. She has five grandchildren, Michael Young, Tammy Howard, Gary Harney, Katie Harney, and Sally Reif. She also has 10 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and others.


Helen loved her family and friends, especially her dear friends at the Ivinson Home for Ladies, where she lived since 2011. She will be missed by everyone she touched. Her kindness and generosity and her calm, no-nonsense approach to life are lessons for us all.


Memorial donations may be made to the Ivinson Home for Ladies (2017 E. Grand Avenue, Laramie, WY 82070).


A private family service will be held at a later date.

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Condolences (7)

  • Jim and Marie Almquist

    Our most heartfelt condolences to all the descendants of this wonderful lady and her husband. You were truly blessed with fantastic parents/grandparents/great grandparents. We became acquainted with Gene and Helen about 1985 and traveled with them in the RV caravan for many years. Fishing trips to the Dakotas, Montana, Texas, and best of all times, a Summer in Alaska. Evenings around the campfire, a shot of "old blabbermouth", tall tales, and fish fries, just a few of our many memories. I named Helen "The Kingfisher" during our time in Alaska - she caught more and larger King Salmon than any of us. We always looked forward to our late summer trips to Laramie to share the bounty of our garden; especially the tomatoes that she loved. A better friend, we could never hope to have. Ya done Really Good Helen... Rest In Peace

  • Alan Harney

    I just wanted to thank all of you for your kind thoughts and prayers -- and to tell you how wonderful it is to hear from my parents long-time friends. Not many people in my generation or younger can say they stay in touch the way my parents circle of friends and acquaintances do. After these past few weeks, I'm only beginning to realize how often Margie and I think of her. I still see her every time we use a piece of her kitchenware and the old pewter ice cream scoop, with every mention of the Bronco's and every Sunday (and more) when we called her from Evanston. My Mom touched many lives and positively influenced the outcomes of all her children and extended family. She will live on in all our memories and in the paths our lives take as a result of her touch. Love you Mom!

  • Margie Harney

    I will miss all the Bronco games we watched together, cheering loudly and making sure the coaches and players knew our opinions! I love to cook and Helen shared some of her favorite recipes with me; I will think of her fondly every time I make and enjoy one of them. Helen and Jeep welcomed me with open arms when I married into the Harney family, and I am forever grateful for that.

  • William F

    My sincere condolences to the family and friends, so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in knowing that Jehovah God will soon resurrect our dear loved ones (John 5:28-29). Oh how we long for the time when pain, suffering and death will be no more, these former things will have passed away (Revelation 21:3-5).

  • Lois Pine

    Dear Children, Grandchildren and Great Grand Children of Helen, I so enjoyed meeting Helen and visiting with her when she lived next door to me on Empinado Dr. She was a very nice neighbor. She lived a long and thoughtful life. I know she will be dearly missed by all of you. God has her in His hands. She is with your dad and looks happily down on all of you. God Bless all of You. I will keep you and Helen in my prayers.

  • Tolly Ann Gore

    To Helen's family, You cannot imagine how sad I was to read of Helen's death last week. We had been friends for so many years, starting first with Don meeting Gene and all of General Anderson's crew, away back in the early 1960's until Don's death in 2009. I last saw Helen in September, 2014, when I was visiting Walden, and I went to the Ivinson House where she lived and took her out to lunch for a short visit. I last talked to her on her birthday last year. She was such a gentle lady and know she will leave a vast hole in your lives. God Bless. Tolly Ann

  • Mary Alice Bruce

    What a lovely woman of gentle spirit and grace who was always welcoming everyone with a warm smile and kindness. I shall miss her.


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