Mathieu, 'Helen Ercel Morris' Ercel, a 17 year resident of Yucaipa, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2006 in Simi Valley. Born in South Dakota, Ercel was 97 when she died. Ercel was a member of Eastern Star and Phi Beta Kappa. She got her teaching credential at Spearfish Normal School, Black Hills State University and taught piano. She also held a real estate liscense. She is survived by Son, Gary Mathieu of Canyon Country, CA, Daughter, Yvonne Rickson of Phoenix, AZ. Preceded in death by: Father, George Morris, Mother, Grace Morris. A graveside service will be held at Inglewood Park Cemetery on Thursday March 2, 2006 at 2pm. To send the family a message, share a memory, for directions to services, please go to the mortuary's website,

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  1. Please accept my condolences on the passing of your mother. Although my rememberances are well back into the 40s, my mother, prior to her passing, would speak of Ercel and their many meetings in Deadwood.

  2. Dear Gary, I was sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember you and I drinking buttermilk in her dining room when we were about 6 or 7 years old. Doesn’t seem all that long ago. Your mom had been in my thoughts often in the past 6 months. It is difficult to lose a parent at any time, but when they have been with you for some 60 years, it seems doubly hard. My thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Judi Klein Fitzgerald

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