Helma Jensen Mataxis
Helma Jensen Mataxis, 91, of Denver, formerly of Southern Pines, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at her residence.
A memorial service will be held in Denver at a later date.
Mrs. Mataxis was born Aug. 1, 1921, in Seattle, to the late Emil and Julia Jensen. She married in August 1940 and spent the next 32 years as a devoted wife and loving mother moving from one assignment to another in all parts of the world. She spent numerous years raising her children single-handedly while her husband served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
After her husband’s retirement from the Army in 1972, she build their retirement home in Southern Pines. They lived there on and off until they moved to Denver in 2001 to be near their daughter and grandchildren.
Mrs. Mataxis was an avid world traveler and enjoyed shopping and spending time with her friends, family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, retired Gen. Ted Mataxis, in March 2006. She is survived by her two daughters, Shirley Mataxis, of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., and Kaye Isaacs and her husband, Vernon A., of Cherry Hills, Colo.; her son Ted Mataxis and his wife, Kirby, of Pinehurst; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at www.jdrf.org.