Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Nashs in:
 • Mountain View Cemetery
 • Butte
 • Silver Bow County
 • Montana
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial!
Helen Joyce Redfern Nash
Learn about sponsoring this memorial...
Birth: Sep. 19, 1930
Silver Bow County
Montana, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 1960
Silver Bow County
Montana, USA

My Aunt Helen died before I was born. She was married to my Mom's brother, Jim Nash. My mom had always thought that Helen died of leukemia. However, many years later, Helen's sister said it was actually lupus.

My Mom said that Helen had some type of surgery due to an infection in her leg and there was a possibility that the doctors would have to amputate it. She did NOT want this. They did have to amputate it. She woke up and realized her leg was gone, exclaimed "Oh, God, no!" and suddenly passed away.

Helen's parents were Italian immigrants. She had one sibling, an older sister, Lucille.

Helen's early life was not easy. Her parents were very abusive. She had a daughter named Nilda with her first husband. This was an arranged marriage from what I understand. His family was very wealthy and this was about the time that Helen became ill. Her bones were very painful. Apparently, either she wasn't able to go to a doctor or the doctors didn't know what was wrong. Her husband and his family treated her badly. I guess her husband's family thought the constant pain was a ploy and since she also had postpartum depression, they decided she was crazy and he put her in a tiny cabin on their ranch, all alone in the dead of winter with no electricity. As soon as she was able to get out of there, she divorced him. However, his powerful family was able to influence the judge and he got custody of the baby.

She was the only child Helen was ever able to have. They would not let her see her little girl, but she ALWAYS remembered her, wrote, sent gifts, never knowing if any of it was received by her daughter.

Helen met Jim Nash while playing with his little sister, Wilma, a friend of hers. Jim gave her a ride home. She was 11 and he was 22, but, for her, it was love at first sight. And, years later, she married him on August 29, 1951 in Butte, Montana.

I've heard Aunt Helen was a wonderful woman and very good with children. She was a favorite aunt to her nieces and nephews. I wish I'd had the opportunity to know her. She also loved birds and had parakeet budgies. 
Family links: 
  Nilda Marie Aimone Shields (1906 - 1998)
  Battista Antoni Gianino (1925 - 2011)
  James Andrew Nash (1919 - 2009)*
  Nilda Delphine Gianino Budmayr (1949 - 2001)*
  Lucille J Redfern Nolte (1926 - 2011)*
  Helen Joyce Redfern Nash (1930 - 1960)
*Calculated relationship
Mountain View Cemetery
Silver Bow County
Montana, USA
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Mar 14, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10620791
Helen Joyce <i>Redfern</i> Nash
Added by: A Marine's Daughter
Helen Joyce <i>Redfern</i> Nash
Added by: A Marine's Daughter
Helen Joyce <i>Redfern</i> Nash
Added by: A Marine's Daughter
There are 3 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- In Memory of Margo & Jens
 Added: Aug. 7, 2015

- In Memory of Margo & Jens
 Added: Jul. 24, 2015

- Angel of Flowers
 Added: Jul. 18, 2015
There are 314 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service