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Helen M. Moorhead

July 9, 1929 - June 17, 2017

Memorial Service, June 23, 2017 11:00 AM at Omega Funeral & Cremation Service, 223 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97233, CLICK HERE for directions

Helen Marie Moorhead

July 9, 1929 – June 17, 2017

Helen M. Moorhead (maiden name Winkleman) 87, of Gresham, Oregon passed away due to hemorrhage in the brain on June 17, 2017.  Her two daughters, Joan M. Moorhead and Sue Rohner as well as her sister Pat Finnell sat with her at OHSU Hospital, Portland, Oregon.

Helen was born in Puyallup, Washington on July 9, 1929. Helen’s mother was Clarice A. Winkleman (Pattison) and her father was Herbert L. Winkleman, who farmed blackberries in Orting, Washington. Helen attended elementary school in Puyallup but transferred to attend and graduate from, Orting High School on June 4, 1947. She had participated in Girls Club and Drill Team. Helen’s advice for the future upon graduation was “A disposition is more valuable than gold.” She listed in the yearbook: for weakness –“ Candy”, noted for “Brains”, nickname “Winky” and her ambition – “Office Work”. Helen practiced with the Drill Team during her noon hour and marched with the team at away basketball games. Her Senior report card showed only A’s and B’s. After graduation, Helen attended Modern Beauty academy in Tacoma, Washington. She completed the entire course of study and practical training in “Beauty Culture”, as her diploma states, dated November 15, 1948. Helen applied, paid the $1.00 fee and received her State of Washington, Department of Licenses, Females’ Haircutter License. Helen pursued her career as a Females’ Haircutter at a shop in Puyallup, Washington. Helen’s next big life-altering event was to marry Myron Glenwood Moorhead on June 30, 1950. Helen’s husband “pete” worked in the shipyards until he was drafted into the US army. When Pete was sent for training in Texas, Helen drove there and stayed until he was shipped overseas to be an assistant tank driver.

Helen returned to Puyallup and lived with her parents. Helen and Pete’s first child, Sue Moorhead Rohner, was born July 8, 1953 at McChord Air Force Hospital, Washington state, and “Grandma Winkleman” sent him a telegram to let him know as he was still in Germany.

Helen and Pete moved to Roseburg, Oregon after he was discharged from the Army and that is where their second child, Joan M. Moorhead was born on June 17, 1955. Helen stayed home and raised their daughter’s while Pete traveled daily up into the Umpqua National Forest, working as a logger for Roseburg Lumber Company. Helen assisted her husband when he was promoted from an hourly choker setter, to a crew boss/Manager for Roseburg Lumber Company. That involved living in a logging camp 70 miles from June til snowfall prevented safe travel for Helen, as she had to drive on a one lane dirt/gravel logging road 10 miles to get Sue and Joan to a point where they could catch a bus to Toketee School. On the day of the famous Columbus Day storm, Helen followed a truck of loggers that had to stop and cut fallen trees out of the road, so they could all continue on. Helen was able to pick up her daughters, although late, and return to camp safely. Helen was a great helpmate to her husband by managing the camp, doing the books for the crew and whatever else needed to be done.

Helen and the girls lived in the logging camp from the end of school in June to usually November at Thanksgiving, then moved back to town. The North Umpqua road finally was paved all the way to the camp, but still no TV reception and only radio after dark.

Helen was tragically widowed when Pete died of a heart attack December 19, 1970 at the age of 44. Helen had a funeral for Pete in Roseburg, then had a graveside service in Orting, Washington. Helen stayed in Oregon and began working at a local country store and gas station. Helen was able to buy a store and ran that business for many years. Helen sold the store business and moved back to Puyallup to live with her parents, Clarice and Herbert Winkleman. After a short time her father passed away from cancer and Helen stayed and helped her mother, while working at Price Savers, a bulk membership grocery business, until she decided to retire. Helen took care of her mother until health issues of her own caused her to very reluctantly find a lovely nursing home, very close by, where Helen went every day, twice a day, until Clarice passed on.

Helen then decided to move to Gresham, Oregon to be closer to her own daughters, Sue Rohner and Joan Moorhead. Helen lived in Gresham until the day she passed. Fortunately, Helen’s sister Pat Finnell was visiting from Olemeda, California, so she, Sue and Jean were with Helen when she passed on.

Helen worked hard all her life and willingly was a caretaker for others. She was proficient at many skills such as sewing, canning, knitting, punch needle rug making, butchering deer, cleaning and cooking fish and fabulous meals of all kinds. She cooked, canned, baked, broiled and roasted food of all kinds. When Helen retired, she took classes in making stained glass artwork. She also had a longing to travel. Helen made wonderful, beautiful artwork in stained glass. She sold her work and used that money to see the world. Helen traveled and saw the wonders of the USA, but also many other countries.

Some of the countries she traveled to where: Australia, Turkey, Spain, Great Britain, China, Borneo, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Egypt, Mexico, Costa Rico, Russia, Mongolia and Holland to name some.

A Memorial Celebration of Helen’s life will be held June 23, 2017, at 11:00 AM at Omega Funeral Service, 223 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, Oregon. Helen’s ashes will be interred at Sumner, Washington cemetery with the burial site of her maternal grandparents; Craig A. and Lillie M. (Self) Pattison.

In lieu of flowers, a voluntary memorial donation may be made to OHSU Knight Cancer Center Institute in Portland, Oregon in Helen’s name.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Michelle John and the staff of Legacy Medical Group, Mt. Hood office; Knight Cancer Center Institute, Dr. Samir B. Desai and staff, plus all the medical professionals involved in Helen’s health care, who are much too numerous to name, and those at Oregon Health and Science University who assisted Helen’s family this June with her passing from this life and to what I pray is Heaven.

Helen was a person that, by knowing her, one would say “There still are some good people out there.”

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