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 Helen Louise <I>Staples</I> Bredesen

Helen Louise Staples Bredesen

Brewer, Penobscot County, Maine, USA
Death 22 Jan 2012 (aged 81)
Mission, Johnson County, Kansas, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Her husband has kept her ashes.
Memorial ID 84025648 · View Source
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Helen Louise Bredesen, 81, of Overland Park, Kansas, died quietly in her sleep at home during the early morning hours of 22 January 2012. Helen was born on 21 April 1930, in Brewer, Maine, to Isaac E. and Madeline (Renouf) Staples. In 1956, she met U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Richard M. Bredsen at a dance. They married in 1958 and settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Richard's home town. After getting a job at Pillsbury as a commodities broker in 1956, the couple moved to the Kansas City area and soon started a family. The couple enjoyed traveling and made many life-long friends along the way. Helen especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed. Helen is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Dorothy A. Giles; and brothers: Robert, Paul and Richard. Helen leaves behind her loving husband and best friend of 53 years, Richard M. Bredesen; two children, Richard E. Bredesen, of Lee's Summit, Missouri, and Jann L. Gryska, of Kansas City, Kansas; daughter-in-law, Kari Bredesen; five beloved grandchildren: SN Hannah E. Gryska, US Navy, Ethan W. Gryska, of Overland Park, Kansas, Haakon D. Bredesen, Kjerstin A. Bredesen, and Marit L. Bredesen, all of Lee's Summit, Missouri; and a brother, Ralph Staples, of Brewer, Maine. A celebration of Helen's life was held at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 1001 E. 101st Terr., Suite 180, Kansas City, Missouri 64131. Online condolences may be expressed at (Arr.: Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, 913-631-5566) The Amos Family, 10901 Johnson Dr, 913-631-5566 Published in Kansas City Star on January 24, 2012

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Helen Louise Bredesen
Sorry, but I am not able to get a picture of Helen's grave. I contacted Amos Family Funeral Home to see if they had any record of her burial after I read her obituary from there: Their records indicated that Richard picked up the ashes. Not sure if Richard is the husband or the son. I contacted the City of Shawnee, Kansas to get her burial location. They looked in the records of both the Pleasant View Cemetery and the Shawnee Cemetery, since they are next to one another and often people think their relatives are buried in one and they are really buried in the other. They have no record of her being buried in either. I would suggest that you contact Richard, the husband or son. They may have kept the ashes or not buried them yet. If I can do anything else for you, please let me know. Bill Bedell (


I feel a warmth around me
like your presence is so near,
And I close my eyes to visualize
your face when you were here,
I endure the times we spent together
and they are locked inside my heart,
For as long as I have those memories
we will never be apart,
Even though we cannot speak no more
my voice is always there,
Because every night before I sleep
I have you in my prayer.
Written By: Louise Bailey

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Helen Louise Staples Bredesen (21 Apr 1930–22 Jan 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84025648, ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, who reports a Her husband has kept her ashes..