Helen L. (Arndt) Gleave, 91, Bowbells, ND, passed away July 5, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society Home in Mohall, North Dakota. Helen Louise Arndt was born August 19, 1922 in We¬¨natchee to Arthur and Lottie (Estes) Arndt. She had three brothers that helped watch out for her on the family wheat and cattle farm on Badger Moun¬¨tain above the Wenatchee Valley.
Following graduation from Wenatchee High School, Helen moved to Seattle to continue her education. While in Seattle, she was a member of the Pythian Sisters and served as Excel¬¨lent Chief of Rainier Temple. The Temple was a women's orga¬¨nization that believed in bringing women of diverse back¬¨grounds together to provide them opportunities to grow through the principles of Purity, Love, Equality, Fidelity and believing in a Supreme Be¬¨ing.
Helen met the love of her life, Charles A. Gleave, in Seattle. They married August 26, 1945 in Wenatchee. The couple later moved to Bowbells, ND, were they raised cattle, sheep and farmed. Charlie and Helen loved spending time with relatives and friends. Helen contin¬¨ued to farm following Charlie's death in 1979. She was a woman ahead of her time, being in¬¨dependent, and having such a pioneer spirit.
Helen has been a great inspiration to us all. She loved to re¬¨mind us from time to time that "Girls wear dreses and Boys wear pants.‚ÄĚ She will be greatly missed. Her latest passion was reading about and watching all of the oil drilling activity in the hills of Bowbells. Plus, Helen loved to stop in at Linda Erick¬¨son's for tea and share daily events. She enjoyed having little drummies for lunch and taking the bones home to Trixie, her beloved dog.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; three brothers, Floyd, Albert, and Elmer Arndt; one stepson, Kenneth Gleave, and a nephew, Bruce C. Arndt, all of Wash¬¨ington State.
She is survived by nieces and nephews, Rita (Collie) Winkle, Merle (Gayle) Arndt, Connie (Randy) Hunt, Gerald Arndt, Ar¬¨thur J. Arndt, Duane (Colleen) Arndt, Dennis Arndt, all of Washington State; step-son, Duane (Pam) Gleave, Everett; and several step-grandchildren.
The funeral service for Helen was held on July 9 at the Faith Baptist Church in Ken¬¨mare, ND. The graveside service and vault interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23 at Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville, where her beloved Charlie lies in rest.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.