Obituary: Prater, Helen Jean
PRATER, Helen Jean (Age 87) Loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, niece and friend returned to the Lord Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in Spokane, WA. Helen was born October 8, 1925 in Dubois, Idaho to James and Mary Elizabeth Roberts and was the youngest of six children, all of whom have preceded her to Heaven. On April 23, 1950 she married the love of her life, Theodore L. Prater, who preceded her in death May 15, 1982. Ted and Helen had three children, Tana Van Assen (Gary), Craig Prater (Jani) and Sharon Valdez (Maurilio); nine grandchildren, Michelle Wickwire (Steve), Philip Prater (Emily), Chantal Martin (Donny), Jaci Starr (Adam), Dani Crews (Charles), Alica Valdez, Sophia Mendez (Jamie), Katalina Valdez and Jenelle Van Assen-Hayes (Jeff). Her 11 great-grandchildren brought tremendous joy to her life. Helen was a dear friend to many and a stranger to none. Her compassion, concern and willingness to serve will never be forgotten. According to her wishes, Helen’s family will gather privately to celebrate her life. Memorials for Helen may be made to Meals on Wheels, 1222 W 2nd Ave., Spokane, WA 99201 or Union Gospel Mission, 1224 E Trent, Spokane, WA 99202.