April 21, 2013 in Obituaries

Obituary: Dennis, Helen J.


DENNIS, Helen J. March 18, 1919 - February 2, 2013 Helen was born on a farm approximately six miles west of Plaza on the Wells Road. She attended school at the Buckeye one-room schoolhouse, approximately a mile south of the farm. During World War II she worked as a pay clerk in the Army Air Corps at Fort George Wright on the west side of Spokane. Later she also worked for a furniture store in Spokane. Later in life she was a caregiver for her disabled mother and father at their house in Spokane, Washington until her mother passed away in1952 and her father passed away in 1972. She was an assistant mother for sister Ruth (particularly during the harvest) and for sister Audry when she was at work in downtown Spokane. For an extended period she also assisted an elderly lady on the block to take care of her father, and after he passed on she also assisted the lady. After her own father passed away Helen re-entered the work force and worked for approximately twelve years in civil service for the City of Spokane. She also travelled with several group tours in the United States organized by the Corbin Senior Center in Spokane. After her sister Audry passed on in the spring of 2004 Helen moved to an assisted living facility on the north side of Spokane, and then joined her older sister Ruth at an assisted living facility in St. John, Washington. Helen and the other residents at Community Pride produced blankets and stuffed animals that were donated to law enforcement and other community agencies. She also had crocheted Afghans for a raffle at the annual fundraising church dinner at the Malden Community Church. After Ruth passed on Helen moved to Walla Walla and lived in two assisted living facilities there. She passed on from natural causes on February 2, 2013. She never married and has no children. She is survived by three nephews and two nieces in her extended family and has left fond memories with those, many other family members and many others in the communities in which she lived. There will be a family gathering later in Spangle. Interment will be in the Dennis family plot in the Spangle Cemetery.

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