Helen McElwain

Obituary of Helen Louise McElwain

Helen Louise McElwain (nee Schackenberg) passed away on January 17, 2024, surrounded by loving family, including her forever loyal and faithful friend, Maria. Helen was born in Peoria, Illinois on 9/11/1931 and was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Edward Frank McElwain, and eldest son, Eddie Francis McElwain, along with her beloved German Shepard, Susie.

Helen was the oldest of two daughters and leaves behind her sister, Linda Lodenkamper (John), who currently reside in Colorado. Helen leaves several nieces and nephews. She loved hearing the news of their many adventures and varied interests, and most recently was visited by her nephews Bobby and Graham.

Helen is survived by her loving son, Jeffrey Frahm McElwain (Michelle),

3 Grandchildren; Amanda Lehman, Ben Powers (Kaytlin), Tai Lemire (Mitchell) and her adoring Great Grandchildren; Bella, Indiana, Presley, Caysen, Maddox and Rylin. Helen also leaves behind her rescue friend and devoted companion, Cricket.

Helen had an illustrious career in real estate, forming McElwain Real Estate Company, after moving from Boulder, Colorado to Tucson, AZ in

1979. She retired as a real estate broker at the age of 87, but never lost interest in real estate, maintaining various rental properties throughout Tucson. Helen was very respected in her dedication to her clients and providing them "old school" expertise in finding them the perfect home. Many of her clients remained friends with her for many decades.

Helen was an avid bridge player and enjoyed the symphony, as well as many card and board games with her sons and grandchildren. She was an avid reader of fiction and non- fiction, and donated over a 1000 books to the Hualapai tribe's, Edward F. McElwain Memorial Library in Peach Springs, AZ.


To all who knew and loved Helen, they were keenly aware of her warmth and grace, her laughter, her positive energy, her attention to detail, and her unique ability to solve any problem placed before her.

You will be greatly missed Helen but forever carried in our hearts and minds. Suffice it to say, Heaven has one Angel more, and Earth, one gentle soul less.


A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Angel Valley Funeral Home