Helen Eyre

Helen EyreHelen Eyre made her journey to our Lord peacefully in the comfort of her family and in her home, on Aug. 26, 2019.

She was born Helen Marie Franich to Daniel and Anna in Butte. Mont., on June 24, 1928. Helen was raised in Los Angeles and later moved to Red Mountain, where she had a two-hour bus ride to attend school in Barstow.

She completed high school in Randsburg and finishing her education at Bakersfield College.

In 1947 Helen met the love of her life, a dashing young man with curly red hair by the name of Harry Bud Eyre at the rodeo in Red Mountain. They later wed at the Santa Barbara Mission church in Randsburg just shy of 69 years ago. As they left the church, in honor of both their fathers who were hardworking miners, Bud pushed Helen down the main street in a wheelbarrow. Helen and Bud moved to Ridgecrest and in 1956 completed their family with the birth of their daughter, Autumn.

Helen worked in the Planning Department of Southern California Edison until her retirement in 1987. Her blueprint reading skills led to designing the home they lived in. Helen volunteered her time in the community as a Pink Lady at Ridgecrest Hospital and for adoration as a member of St. Ann’s Church.

Helen was an avid golfer, who got a hole in one on the sixth hole at China Lake as a member of the China Lake Women’s Golf Club. In golf her handicap was in the 20s, in shopping she was a zero, a scratch shopper!

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Anna Franich; her brother, Robert Franich and her nephew Roy Franich.

Helen is survived by her husband, Harry Bud Eyre of Ridgecrest; her daughter, Autumn (Chris) Bonugli of Kerrville, Texas; nephews Barney (Chrissy) Franich of Fernley, Nev., John Franich of Cambria, Calif., Val (Stella) Franich of Austin, Texas, and numerous grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Helen will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church. Rosary will precede services at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow at the St. Ann Parish Hall.

— Submitted by the family of Helen Eyre

Story First Published: 2019-08-30