Helen Marie Horner Nagel


Helen Marie Horner Nagel


Helen Nagel
Helen Nagel

Helen Marie Horner Nagel was born in Linton, N.D., on July 22, 1930. She lived a full life, enjoying activities with her loving family and friends.  Helen died on Jan. 7, 2014, to be reunited with her husband, Matt.

Helen was a classy woman who dressed with a flair and loved preparing meals and baking for all who visited her in her home. In the 1960s, Helen worked as a night bookkeeper at the Billings Clinic, while raising a family during the day. It was during this same time that they purchased Ben Hays Jewelers, where Matt built this business with her support, eventually becoming Matt’s Diamond Shop. Helen worked beside her husband, Matt, in their jewelry business before Matt’s death in 1991 and resumed a work career as a receptionist for Drs. Dan Molloy and Janet Dietrich. Helen was a member of St. Patrick Co-Cathedral and was very strong in her Catholic faith. As a younger woman, she attended daily Mass in the chapel at St. Vincent’s and later found peace in praying the rosary daily. Among her other hobbies, she loved shopping, lunching with friends and her sister, Dee, traveling to see her children and playing bridge. Helen was a strong supporter of music and opera. She volunteered for many years with Rimrock Opera from fundraising, class scheduling to entertaining artists with her son, Doug.

Helen’s legacy includes a daughter Vickie Maronick (Mark); sons Jeff (Julie), Douglas (Steve) and Richard. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a source of joy to her. Grandchildren include Mark Jr. (Ann), Elizabeth (Aaron), Sandon, Dustin (Laura), Cole, Ashlyn, Rockford, Rachel, Jared; and great-grandchildren, Mary, Silas and Sean. Helen leaves behind her devoted siblings, Delores “Dede” Orler, Leo Horner, Virginia Horner, Maggie Kuhn and Peter Horner. Helen loved their spouses, and her many nieces and nephews. Helen is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Michael; and husband, Matt.

Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. A funeral mass celebration will take place on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m., at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral in Billings

Memorials may be sent to Billings Catholic Schools, P.O. Box 31158, Billings, MT 59107; and/or Rimrock Opera Foundation, P.O. Box 11, Billings 59103; and /or MSUB-Choir, 1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101.

The staff at St. John’s Lutheran Ministry provided loving care for Helen in her last days of life. Thank you.

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  1. To Doug, Steve, and family,
    Please accept our heart-felt condolences for the recent passing of your mother.
    Noel and Diego

  2. Richard Wheeler

    Dear Family of Helen Nagel,
    I only met Helen once, but feel I know her from all the wonderful things Doug has said about her. She was a very charming lady and I am glad to have met her.
    My sincere condolences.
    Rick Wheeler

  3. My sympathies to the family. Dee – I am so sorry for your loss – I know how close you two were. I have known Helen for a very long time and always admired her. She was the definition of a true lady. Matt designed a mother’s ring for my husband (Don Nagel-no relation but lots of phone calls looking for Doug!) to give to me – it was one of his last pieces and Helen always commented on how pretty it is – I had to agree! She will be truly missed by so many.

  4. Jeff and family,
    I am very sorry to hear you mother has passed. She was a lovely lady. I will be up on Seattle in a couple of weeks and hope we can get together. Again, my sincere condolences.
    Mark White

  5. Vickie and Mark and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We know what a lovely lady your mother was and know that she will be missed. Keep those happy memories together in your heart as you reflect on her wonderful life. Take care and God be with you and bring you comfort and peace.
    Much love,
    Amy, Matt and boys

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