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From: Don Ott <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD] Richardson obit Feb 7
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 17:30:07 -0600
Anderson is just NW of Waldron in Scott County AR.
At 12:35 PM 19-02-09, you wrote:
>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 years.
>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
>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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