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HELEN CLOSE Helen L. Close, 78, passed away from a heart attack at home in Boise, Idaho, Dec. 25, 2012. Helen was born in Wickenburg, Ariz., July 11, 1935. The daughter of Elmer and Ida Belle Riggins, Helen grew up in Henderson. She attended Basic High School where she met the love of her life, James D. Close. They married Jan. 22, 1954. They traveled the world together, to Japan, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska Cruise, east coast to the west coast, from the bottom of Grand Canyon to Branson, Mo. Helen is survived by her husband, James D. Close; and their three children, Catherine Close and Jeff Carson, Kent and Robin Close, and Robert and Sally Close. She also leaves nine grandchildren, Jamie, Sky, Kent, Kris, Nick, Polly, Bridget, Audra and Sarah; and 14 great-grandchildren. She loved her children very much, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and loved being called "Granny Goose." She is also survived by her sister, Betty Beason of Henderson; and sister-in-law, Lois Riggins of Claremont, Okla. Helen lived the majority of her life in Las Vegas until they moved to Pocatello, Idaho in 1974, where they lived until 2006 when they moved to Boise. Helen was a devoted wife, mother and daughter. Her family and friends will miss her love and fun filled personality. She loved her backyard patio with her river, vegetable garden, roses, ducks, birds and her favorite squirrel she handfed. She loved all of the bridge-playing friends she made over the years at Brookview Retirement, Meridian Senior Center and Pocatello. Play a hand in her name. May she rest in peace. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Vineyard Fellowship, 4950 N. Bradley St., Boise. We are all grateful for the care and love shown by our family and friends.

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