June 8, 1919 ~ November 25, 2007

Born in: Whitehall, IL,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Helen Serena was born June 8, 1919, in Whitehall, Illinois, and passed away in Pueblo, CO, on November 25, 2007. Preceded in death by her husband and eternal dance partner, Deane Serena; parents, Frank and Edna Abbott; beloved stepmother, Helen Abbott; and grandson, Jeff Serena. Survived by son, Ray (Kathy) Serena; and grandchildren, Raylene (Tony) Speechley, Bob (Velvet) Serena, Chris (Tracy) Serena, and Bryan (Monica) Serena. Helen is also survived by her sister, Myrna Lynn Jensen of Thornton, CO; brother, George Abbott; sister, Jane Miller; and sister-in-law, Lucille Serena, all of Pueblo. She leaves twelve much-loved great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Also survived by special friends, Janie Sharp and Alma Cash. Helen's passions were her family and dancing. Helen and Deane began dancing on roller skates in the 1940s and turned to square dancing and on to round and ballroom dancing. They danced through their marriage. They taught and managed Buttons and Bows Square Dance Club in Pueblo, Rhythmaires Dance Club, Roundalaires Round Dancing Club and led the Broadmoor Waltz Club for many years in Colorado Springs. After Deane's death in 1997, Helen moved back to Pueblo where she became immersed in her family and enjoyed the many gatherings surrounded by loving family and friends. As the mother of an only child, she was amazed by the number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren who showered her with love and affection. Helen loved to read, watch Wheel of Fortune and especially Dancing with the Stars. It was a joy to watch her programs with her. Her family wishes to thank the following: Dr. Sipalay, Dr. Rawat for their care and gentleness, the staff of Wynwood of Pueblo, Lifecare Center and Sangre de Cristo Hospice. This lovely woman will be greatly missed by us all. Visitation, 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Montgomery Steward Funeral Directors. Funeral service, 11:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 University Cir., with the Reverend Sid Skirvin officiating. Internment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or the Arc of Pueblo in care of Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com Helen Is on the dance floor. She is Light, A butterfly, a feather. Effortless, fluid. She glides, A step on glass, A twirl, a dip Curtsey, bow. Her dance is done.

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  1. So sorry to hear about Helen. My wife and I were involved with Square Dancing for more than 40 years and were blessed to know Deane and Helen during that time.

    The sorrow will pass Live on

    Ray Boyd

  2. What a privilege it was to know and dance with Helen through the years. Deane and Helen’s teaching and dancing were tops. Regret we are in Louisiana and can not attend Helen’s service.

  3. We have so enjoyed dancing with both Dean and Helen. She will be missed by all in the round and square dance world.

  4. Helen and Dean Serena were wonderful square dancers and great friends whom we treasured. Ray, we’re so sorry that your Mom has gone; she was elegant, a grand lady.
    With sympathy, Joy and Carl Vining

  5. Eldon and I danced with Deane and Helen for many years. We have many good memories of the times we spent with them, dancing, playing cards and going out after dances. We miss both of them. Our hearts and prayers are with the family.

  6. May God be with you and your family during these sad times. He will give you peace and help you thru the coming days. God Bless you all, our prayers are with you.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers go to the family of a Lady who without her hard work our club would not exist. She helped make Square and Round Dancing for what it is today.
    Hundreds of people have enjoyed what she has left behind in the dancing world. She will always be in our memory and in our hearts forever
    Buttons and Bows Square Dance Club
    Bob Vannest President
    Helen Wilson Vice-president
    And all of the club members and dancers.

  8. Helen was a long time square dance friend to us. We remember her as a gifted dancer and loving person.

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