Helen Francis Herman, a 15-year resident of Colville, passed away on Jan. 4, 2013 in Colville. Helen was born on Aug. 16, 1914 in Mountain Home, Idaho, the youngest of six children to Thomas W. and Elma N. Moore.
She was raised on the family farm and attended school in Mountain Home, where she graduated from high school. Helen completed beautician school and met Jack Grigsby. They were married and soon had a son, Monte Grigsby. Their family reloÂ¬cated several times between Alaska and Idaho. Eventually they found a sustainable livelihood in Alaska and settled there. Following Jackâ€™s passing, Helen remained in Alaska and while working for the Post Office, she met John Herman. They said their vows and began a life together of Alaskan outdoor adventure and fun. Helen worked for a time as a postal worker, but always embraced her role as a homemaker. She moved from her lake home on Nancy Lake into the town of Anchorage following Johnâ€™s passing. In 1998, she relocated a final time to Colville, to be near her grandchildren. Her declining health eventually required the care found at Pinewood Nursing Home.
Helenâ€™s had a wonderful ability to enhance and embrace each moment and share those moments with all in her presence. Helen was actively involved in many community events, groups and organizations. She was a woman of great class and style with a love for the rugged outdoors, skeet and trap shooting and adventures such as Powder Puff race car driving. She will be remembered fondly by her grandchildren in these words â€śShe was our grammaâ€¦ One most kids would dream ofâ€¦â€ť
She was also preceded in death by her son, Monte.
Helen is survived by her grandchildren, Mark Grigsby and wife, Michelle, Colville; Cheryl Davy and husband, Denny, Colville; Catherine Hiller and husband, Jim, Fairbanks, AK, six great- grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren.
A committal will be held at a later date at the Angelus Memorial Park Cemetery in Anchorage.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Colville youth trap-shooting program.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.