Helen L. Pace, 83, of Sunnyside passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Helen was born Nov. 23, 1929 in Danville, Ala. to Lewis and Ila (Borden) Swindell. She received her early education at Speak Elementary School in Danville, Ala., before moving to Washington state, where she attended school in Wapato through the 11th grade.

On May 29, 1948 she married the love of her life, Lucian Pace, at their pastor's home in Wapato. The couple made their home in the Lower Valley with Lucian working at the Hanford Project as a patrol officer. Helen was kept busy raising three children, helping with church activities, and farming asparagus, alfalfa hay and raising beef cattle. She also worked for J.C. Penney's, Snokist growers, Mor's Jewelry Store and was an Avon sales representative for many years.

Helen enjoyed making ceramics with great detail, gardening, growing beautiful flowers and southern cooking. She truly enjoyed trips to Canada, Curlew Lake and Branson, Mo. Lucian and Helen enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables that they had grown in their garden. They also loved to host their family for gatherings during the holidays and for Sunday dinners. Spending time with family was truly important to them and they cherished every moment.

Helen was a member of the Waneta Grange, Elks Lodge, Buena Grange, United Methodist Church, Nouvella Club and United Methodist Women's Group.

Helen is survived by her children, Curtis (Vicky) Pace of Zillah and Janet (David) Neumann of University Place; daughter-in-law, Kari Pace of Sunnyside; two grandchildren, Justin and Jordan Pace; and her siblings, Wilson Swindell, James Swindell, Marie McMahon, Glenda Kruegar and Joyce Rambo-Helberg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lucian Pace; and one son, Jerry Pace.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 10 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to sign Helen's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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