St. Joseph Ellinwood, KS and Immaculate Conceptoin Claflin, KS

Remembering Helen Urban

Helen Marie (Beck) Urban, 84, of Ellinwood, Kansas, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother (Gigi) went to her heavenly home on January 27, 2019.  She was born August 23, 1934, on the family farm north of Hoisington, Kansas to Frank and Marie (Klug) Beck. She grew up in the Hoisington/Odin area and graduated from Odin high school.  She married Melvin Urban on August 31, 1953, in Beaver, KS and shortly thereafter moved to Ellinwood where she and Melvin raised their four children and resided until her death.

She was an employee of Peoples State Bank in Ellinwood for many years.  She was a member of the Ellinwood Garden Club, Grove Park Golf Club, and St Joseph Catholic Church.  Helen was a devout Catholic. She loved her Lord, was a member of the Altar Society, and was a grand-friend to many children at St Joseph Catholic School.

She loved to play games and was an avid card player.  She enjoyed playing the marble game Wahoo with her children and grandchildren and was always ready for a game of 5 point pitch, spades, pinochle, or bridge.  Helen was a talented seamstress and made many quilts for her family and friends.  Her most enjoyable moments were the time spent making memories with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Bernice Christopher.  She is survived by her husband Melvin of 65 years, children: Mike (Robin) Medicine Lodge, JaNan (Bob)Rader Wichita, Chris (Pam) Silver Lake, and Brad (Theresa) Wichita; brothers: Gene Beck, Hoisington, and Al Beck, Olathe, sisters, Kathy Thompson, Conroe Texas, Betty Steiner, Hoisington, and Elma Stricker, Hoisington; grand-children: Jenny Urban, Katie (Quentin) Berner, Ashley (Damon) Thompson, Josh (Kylie) Urban, Ryan (Marlisa) Rader, Austin (Ashley) Urban, Scott (Sarah) Rader, Corey (Kelsey) Urban, and Haley (Tyler) Nance; great-grandchildren: Taelyn and Trace Thompson, Everly and Emma Berner, Maclin Rader, Kinzie Urban, and three more who are on the way.  She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

During the Parish Vigil on Wednesday, January 30, Helen’s grandchildren spoke of Helen’s legacy in each of her nine grandchildren. The annual “vacations” to Ellinwood became a testament to the importance of family instilled by Gram and Gpa. They noted Helen’s “zest for life,” “creative side,” “competitiveness,” “luck and talent” and “sassy” qualities as expressed in each. They spoke of how Helen “took pride in her marriage, her kids, and her entire family…keeping God at the center” of her life. Their love for Helen will certainly be shared forward in their growing families as they remember how "She always spread love, loyalty, and faith wherever she went."

The Funeral Mass was held at 10:00 AM, on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ellinwood. Father Klein’s homily further emphasized Helen’s commitment to love her God, her family, and her community. He spoke of her as the Proverbial wife of scripture: sewing quilts and clothes for her family and tending to the gardens of Ellinwood. He spoke of the joy she brought to so many: making each person feel special and loved and sending her guardian angel to watch over her children and grandchildren. He reminded those in attendance that though we may detest the loss of her life, her life was a gift from a God who loves us. “Helen was cheer, but she was also care and comfort,” he said pointing that our lives were better for knowing her. “What did Helen teach us of God? That God is overjoyed to be with us.”