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From: Lorene <>
Subject: [ARIZARD] Richardson obit Feb 7
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:35:29 -0800
I have never heard of Anderson, AR nor could I find it on the Road Atlas.
Maybe someone on the List knows the familyRichardson, Helen Angeline Grigsby (Paid Notice)
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Helen Richardson, of Wenatchee, died peacefully in University Place, WA on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, following an extended illness. She was 81. Her daughter had the honor of being attentive at her bedside when she was sweetly ushered into glory. Helen Angeline Grigsby was born August 23, 1927, to Charley and Audie (Tate) Grigsby in Anderson, AR. She was the eldest of five daughters. Seeking a better life, her parents moved the family to Cashmere when Helen was a teenager. Helen soon decided to return to Arkansas to finish high school, which she did. After graduating, Helen rejoined her family and worked various jobs. She was working as a waitress in Wenatchee when she met the dashing Gomer Richardson. They eloped (probably much to her father's relief) and married on April 18, 1949. With Helen's blessing, Gomer re-enlisted in the Army. Thus, she traveled the world as an Army wife. By the time of Gomers 1966 retirement, Helen had had at least 13 addresses during her marriage.!
The couple also had two daughters along the way. After Gomer's retirement, Helen and the girls moved to Gresham, OR (Address #14!). Gomer never rejoined the family and the couple divorced in 1972. During that time, Helen busied herself raising her daughters and working various jobs. As an empty nester, she worked for Electronic Specialty. She retired from that job in 1989. Shortly after retirement, Helen moved to Wenatchee to help look after her own mother. Helen loyally took care of her mother, until Helen's own dementia made it impossible. For the past few years, Helen has resided with her eldest daughter (and family) in Tacoma. After suffering a debilitating stroke, Helen has lived in a care facility this past year. Coming from a poor background, Helen never had the opportunity to learn how to do everyday things like swim, ride a bike, or roller skate. Still, being the gifted and creative person that she was, Helen bloomed wherever she was planted. She taught herself to!
sew and clothed both of her daughters during their growing up!
Being a cancer survivor, she actively campaigned against breast cancer. She volunteered at Wenatchee's Care House. She was avidly
pro-life; and, in spite of her reserved manner, she actually group picketed an abortion clinic on one occasion. (Go, Mom!) She was a terrific cook and hostess. She loved crafts and to crochet. Many, many homes in Wenatchee and beyond have tasted or displayed the work of Helen's hands. She worshiped and served her Lord faithfully at Calvary Bible Church. She was the very best mother she knew how to be. She was an excellent example of taking the little that is given you and really making something out of it. She was and is loved. She will be greatly missed.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Charley in 1982, and Audie just one year ago; two sisters, Jean Thompson (1991) and Ina Stewart (1/31/09); and three beloved nephews. She is survived by two daughters, Terri Whitman (Bill) of Tacoma and Jan Angela King of Spokane; six grandchildren, Jeremy Whitman of Mountlake Terrace, Adam Whitman (Nikke) of Graham, Eric King of Seattle, Crystal Whitman of Portland, Austin King of Kirkland and Charlotte "Charly" Whitman of Tacoma; and one great-grandchild, Chloe Whitman of Graham. Helen is also survived by her two dear sisters, Charlene Parks of Fuquay-Varina NC and Nina Miller of Wenatchee/Yuma, AZ; and a multitude of friends and extended family members, all of whom she loved deeply.
Funeral Services will be held at Calvary Bible Church, 605 First Street in Wenatchee, on Monday, February 9, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a Graveside Service at Wenatchee City Cemetery. Viewing will be held Sunday, February 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Monday February 9, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, 302 9th Street, Wenatchee. Memorials may be made, in Helen's name, to Calvary Bible Church of Wenatchee.
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