Joanne Helm

December 18, 1930 ~ February 13, 2014

Joanne Helm, 83, passed away Feb. 13, 2014 in Vancouver, WA. She was born in Lewiston, MT on Dec. 18, 1930, the fourth child of Dewey and Ruth Kitchell. The first five years of Joanne's life were spent in Montana and then a short stay in Idaho until the family settled in Vancouver, WA, where she remained. Joanne graduated from the old Union High School in 1949.
After graduation, she went to work for the telephone company and Jantzen Knitting Mills. After four years of employment with Jantzen, she took a six-year leave of absence to raise her two boys. She later put her administrative skills back to work for Market Transport, Domestic Gas, Clark County P.U.D., and Subaru of America where she retired in 1993.
In 1952, Joanne married Manuel "Manny" Helm and spent 54 wonderful years with him until his death in 2006. She played an active part in Manny's civic and political life and was always by his side campaigning, entertaining, and supporting his endeavors. She was also an active member of the Lady Jaycess's and the Mt. Adams Emblem Club.
Joanne enjoyed golfing, travel, attending family celebrations, monthly lunch dates with friends, dining out with family, and cheering on her favorite sports teams, the Seahawks and Mariners.
Joanne is survived by her sons, John Helm of Chehalis, WA and David Helm of Camas, WA; grandchildren, Niccole (Terry) Wollam of Vancouver, WA and Megan Helm of Chehalis, WA; great-grandchildren, Blake, Trenton, Mya, and Chase Wollam of Vancouver, WA; sister, Jeanne (Mike) Werner of Copalis Crossing, WA; brother, James (Mickey) Kitchell of Boulder City, NV; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey and Ruth Kitchell; her two sisters, Gayle Pietrzykowski and Virginia Taylor; and her husband, Manuel Helm.
Viewing will be on Wed., Noon-9:00 p.m., Feb. 19, 2014 and Thurs., 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Feb. 20, 2014 with a funeral service to take place on Fri., Feb. 21, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, with a reception immediately following at the Vancouver Elks Lodge.
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Funeral Home

Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel
1101 NE 112th Avenue Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 892-6060

Published in The Columbian on Feb. 18, 2014