HELEN C. ST. JOHN
Helen C. St. John, 95, of Yakima passed away Thursday,
Sept. 23, 2004, at Living Care Center in Yakima.
Helen was born April 26, 1909 at home in Wapato. She was
one of nine children born to John and Pearl (Bodine) McCormick. She grew up in
the Wapato area. After high school, she attended nursing school. Her schooling
was interrupted when her mother passed away and she was needed at home to care
for the family.
On her birthday in 1939 she married Carroll St. John at St.
Aloysius Church in Toppenish. They were married 55 years before he passed away
In her younger years, she liked to dance and go to parties.
Before her eyesight began to fail, she loved to play pinochle and canasta. She
loved to tell about her childhood and all the fun she and her brothers and
sisters had when they were growing up. With nine kids, there was always
something going on.
She was a long-time member of Holy Redeemer Catholic
Church. Until about two years ago she attended Mass daily.
She is survived by one sister, Eleanor Kinchelve of
Oklahoma; her children, Pat Nelson, Betty Arnold, and Kevin St. John; her
Bill Nelson, Theresa
Nelson, Kelly Arnold, Renee Arnold, Betty Pearson, Justin St. John, and Cecelia
Williamson; and great-grandkids, Kelsey Grimm, Jessica Pearson, Jacob Pearson,
Ashley Arnold, and Megan Davis.
surviving is a special friend Bob Rose.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll; her
brothers, Lawrence, John, Frank, Emmett and Gerald; and by her sisters, Lucy
Helen’s family would like to thank the staff at Living Care
Center for the special care they provided for the last two years.
Visitation will be held Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, from 3 to
6:30 p.m. followed by a Vigil Service at 6:30 p.m. at Shaw & Sons Funeral
Mass of Christian Burial will
be held Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church,
with services concluding at Terrace Heights Memorial Park.