Helen M. Millard, 96-years-old, left her earthly home Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Tonasket, Washington. Helen was born May 2, 1920 in Adel, Iowa to Donald and Golda VanCleve. Helen was the fourth born of five beautiful girls – Eva Hoy, twin sisters Alice Wilcox and Ada Page, and Louise Reed.
Helen married Russell E Millard, love of her eternity Sept. 17, 1938. Helen and Russ were married 70 years. Helen and Russell had two children, Donald Millard and Joyce V. Boyer. Helen’s life was enriched with six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 15 great, great grandchildren.
Helen was an active member of the Clarkston, Wash. Seventh Day Adventist Church and Oroville, Wash. Seventh Day Adventist Church. Helen was an avid reader, devoted Dorcas worker and liked to sew. Helen made beautiful and memorable quilts. She was known for the baby quilts she made for her grandchildren and also donated them to many new mothers over the years. Helen also collected and hand made dolls. Her dolls were in high demand and over the years she made over 50 on request and for donation. One of Helen’s most favorite hobbies was gardening. She cherished her begonias and geraniums as if no other flowers existed.
Helen was known for good conversation, and some may be surprised to learn that she was shy, yet throughout her life she possessed a loving and kind smile and a very dry, witty and entertaining sense of humor. All through her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Her signature gift of joy and faith shown through her constant love and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and she shared this gift with many. Helen faithfully cared for family and friends through delicious baking, sewing and donating her time. A woman of faith and the heart of the Millard family Helen shaped her families spirituality by her tireless Christian example.
How fondly Helen’s life can be remembered: Our Angel that lived, laughed and loved.
Her surviving family members are numerous, but mainly include: daughter Joyce Boyer, grandchildren Vicki Jo McDonald, Roxie Lee Bartels, Tammy Boyer Eneix, Lori Umbarger, Donald Millard, Timothy Boyer. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Russel Millard and son, Don Millard and great grandson Collin Cross. Helen was blessed with 14 great grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. RIP Grandma! Your favorite saying: JESUS NEVER FAILS! Forever loved and never forgotten.
Memorial will be held for Helen at Bergh’s Funeral Home, June 11, 2016 at 3 p.m. with reception to follow at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Oroville, Wash. The family requests your attendance and to offer words that wish to be expressed about Helen.