Helen T. Semmons
Helen ‘Tichacek’ Semmons, 88, of Mission, KS died on June 23, 2011 at The Forum of Overland Park with her daughter Glenda Magnus by her side. A Memorial Service will be in St. Louis, Missouri at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church. A special thank you to Kansas City Hospice for their guidance, respect and dignity for Helen and her family. Preceded in death by her son, James ‘Skip’ Semmons, her brother, Raymond Tichacek. Survived by her brother, George A. Tichacek; daughters, Glenda Magnus (and husband Bob Magnus) and Charmian Zurovsky (and husband Howard Zurovsky); and 4 granddaughters, Katie Olivas, Jenifer Siegel, Sarah Galler and Megan Zurovsky.
Helen was born on October 6, 1922 in St Louis, MO. She was the daughter of George R. and Josephine M. Tichacek. She was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in St. Louis, MO in 1941. Helen always wanted to be a Registered Nurse. She attended DePaul Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1944. Her career path led her to the operating room. Helen left nursing to raise her 3 children in 1949 and began working as a seamstress for Singer Sewing Machine Company and a local sewing machine shop in Columbia. In 1964 she returned to the operating room as Head Nurse for the University of MO Hospital. Helen touched many lives through her compassion and dedication to the teaching of medical students and residents as they would continue their training by showing how to maintain and respect a patient’s dignity. Helen said “there is only one way to do things and that is the right way”. She was a member and officer of the Association of Operating Room Nurses.
After marrying, Helen moved to Columbia, MO where she raised her 3 children. She was President and a member of a group called “Mother’s Singers” for many years that sang at various locations in Columbia, MO. She was a member of the Camp Fire Board of Directors, a group leader and her 2 daughters were members. They attended Day Camps and went to Camp Shawnee, Knob Noster, MO where she was dining hall manager for 2 summers. Helen helped her son Skip with Boy Scouts where he earned their highest award, Eagle Scout. After graduation from Hickman High School Skip entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea. He completed his bachelor’s degree in engineering and taught engineering at the Bell Howell Institute in Kansas City. He moved to Columbia, MO where Skip’s passion for competition found him joining the Missouri Sports Shooting Association, where he earned Missouri State Champion recognition. He started in black-powder competition then moved on to pistol, followed by rifle competition. He became a distinguished pistol shot as well as a distinguished rifleman, making him one of only 50 civilians to be double distinguished. He became high-power and long-range master. He was one of the finest shooters in the country. Helen loved the out of doors and camping with her 3 children.
Helen moved to Overland Park, Kansas in 1975 to be closer to her grown children. She continued working as an operating room nurse for Olathe Medical Center, Research Hospital, and retired from Menorah Medical Center in 1987.
Helen loved her family, her dogs and her faith. Over the years she gave many dogs a loving home that she adopted from the Humane Society. Helen loved gardening, too, and had a saying “if it was green and was growing, then it was a gift from God”. Her favorite flower was a daisy which was her nick-name as a child. Her favorite color was blue. She appreciated the simple things in life and loved spending time with her family. Helen will be remembered for many things but most of all for always being positive, never complaining, finding good in everything and loving her 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
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