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Thursday, December 20, 2007

In Loving Memory of My Great-Grandma...

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the death of my Great-Grandmother, Helen Holly Goodell. She was an amazing who I am proud to be named after.

I have included the Obituary so you can read about her!

Helen Holly Goodell
Age 95, a Puyallup area resident for the past 64
years, died December 20, 2006 at the home of her
daughter in Olympia, WA. She was born on October 3,
1911 in Bucoda, to Raymond and Susie (Cales) Marvin.
Helen met the love of her life, Val Goodell in 1926.
They were married in Bucoda on June 14, 1929. Helen
and Val lived in Frost Prairie until 1935 before
moving to North Dakota, Montana and returning to
Washington in 1941. They moved to Puyallup in 1942 and
settled into their family home of 61 years in 1945.
Helen was very active in her church, community and
business. She was an excellent cook and restaurateur,
owning restaurants in Puyallup for over 15 years. She
managed the lunch program for the Puyallup Playcare
Center for many years. A member for 50 years and past
president of Puyallup Business and Professional
Women's Club and was named "Woman of Achievement# by
the organization. Helen was an active member of the
First Baptist Church of Puyallup for over 50 years and
a former deaconess. She was also a member of the
Pioneers of Washington State, Olympia Chapter, the
Tacoma Magic Club, Ring 70, and president of a local
investment club. Helen loved to travel and made over
20 trips to Hawaii. She was a "genealogy bug",
researching the family names of Ruth, Marvin, Cales
and Goodell. She belonged to the Bunker Family
Association, a genealogical society for Bunker
descendants and traveled for many years to annual
conventions throughout the US and Canada. Helen was
preceded in death by her loving husband of 71 years,
Val; sons, Norv and Jerry; and great granddaughter,
Marissa. She is survived by sons, Donald (Patricia) of
Puyallup and Harold (Annie) of Fox Island; daughter,
Dorothy (Dennis) Staley of Olympia; daughter-in-law,
Friedl of Puyallup; 7 grandchildren and 11 great
grandchildren; sisters, Florence Harding of Chehalis
and Elizabeth Porn of Centralia; and numerous extended
family members. A Memorial service will be held
Thursday, December 28 at 11 AM at Puyallup First
Baptist Church. Inurnment will follow at a later date
at Mt. View Cemetery in Centralia, WA. In lieu of
flowers a donation may be made to Helen's late great
granddaughter's scholarship fund, "Marissa Ann Goodell
Shinning Star Scholarship Fund", in care of Kitsap
Bank, PO Box 2170, Belfair, WA 98528. Arrangements by
Mills and Mills Funeral Home in Olympia.

Pub Date: 12/24/2006
Tacoma News Tribune

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