|Helen Virginia Wooten Wooten
Published in The Arizona Republic on October 9, 2013
Wootton, Helen Virginia
Much beloved Helen Virginia Wootton, 92,
passed away peacefully on October 6, 2013, in Mesa,
She will be buried next to her cherished husband
of 64 years, Richard T. Wootton, who passed away
November 2, 2010.
Helen was born April 11, 1921 at Holy Cross
Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Roland H. and Ouida Idaia Pelton
Wootton. She grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Central
High School in 1938.
She was a consummate musician, mastering the violin, piano and then
discovering a passion and talent for singing. She trained as an opera singer,
attended Washington College of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music and
auditioned with the Metropolitan Opera. When she was 16 years old she sang
Mozart's "Alleluia" on a program with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
During WWII she worked as a receptionist at Walter Reed Army Hospital.
She married her sweetheart, Richard T. Wootton and they made their home in
Salt Lake City, Utah where they started their family of 6 children. In 1955
they moved to Laie, Hawaii, where Richard was president of The Church
College of Hawaii (now Brigham Young University-Hawaii). She loved living
in Hawaii, raising her children, participating in life at the college, and singing in
programs as occasions arose. As a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints her callings were primary president, Relief Society
teacher, primary chorister and pianist.
In 1964 they moved to Tempe, Arizona, where Richard was a Professor at
Arizona State University. Helen received her B.A. in English from ASU. She
taught music at Gilliland Junior High and Curry Elementary. In later years she
played violin with the Tempe Symphony Orchestra, and was always willing to
accompany her performing children on the piano.
She and Richard retired first to Pine, Arizona, then to Mesa, Arizona.
She is survived by her brother Richard R. Wootton of Utah, and by her
children: William R. Wootton of California, Cynthia J. Curtis of Washington
state, Kathryn V. Ludeman of Oregon, Suzanne W. Rogers of Arizona,
Caroline I. Alexander of Oregon, Lisa A. Fullmer of California, 17
grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will take place Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. located
at the LDS Church, 1248 S. 48th Street (off Southern between Greenfield and
Higley) Mesa, Az.
Dedication of the gravesite and burial will take place at the City of Mesa
Cemetery, 1212 Center St. Mesa, Arizona following the funeral.
Send condolences to the Sonoran Skies Mortuary.