Helen Virginia Grabau

Helen Virginia Grabau, 92, peacefully entered into eternal life on March 27, 2013 in Moab.

She was born on October 19, 1920 in Pasadena, Calif., the third of five children born to Clavert May and Lottie Aleen Briscoe. She married Melvin John Zahner in 1939 and they were blessed with five children. They later divorced and in 1966 she re-married to David R. Grabau. Helen worked for North American aviation in California for more then 20 years.

She loved spending time with her family and friends, traveling, gardening, crafts, and was an accomplished seamstress. In her later years she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In 2005 was relocated from Huntington Beach, CA to Moab to be cared for by her daughter Ginny Leech and her family.

One of her favorite things to do in Moab was to get cookies from “The Cookie Lady” (Jeannie) at City Market bakery. She enjoyed visiting with people of all ages and always had a smile for anyone in need, unless she was sticking her tongue out at you instead!

She had a wonderful laugh and a quirky sense of humor. She loved to dance in the living room sing her favorite song, “Bicycle Built for Two”.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister, two husbands, her son Johnny, her daughter Merrily, two sons-in-law, three grandchildren and her loving dachshund, Katie.

She is survived by her daughter Virginia (Ginny) Leech, two sons Bruce (Janet) Zahner and Steve (Amy) Zahner; three stepdaughters, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.