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Helen Verna Andrews 1931 - 2018

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December 13, 2018

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Helen Verna Andrews 1931 - 2018

LINCOLN CITY, ORE. - Helen Verna Andrews, 87, died peacefully on Nov. 27 surrounded by family in Lincoln City, Ore. at the end of the family's five-day Thanksgiving celebration. Helen was born on April 8, 1931 in Chicago, Ill. to Verna and Cecil Cole.

Cecil's career moved Verna, sister Frances and Helen to several states throughout her childhood. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle and attended the University of Washington.

Eugene A. Andrews and Helen married on July 14, 1951 in Seattle and raised four children. Helen was a positive partner in Gene's career with Puget Power and she cultivated many friends as they moved to several Pacific Northwest towns. Helen was a devout Christian and participated in church activities wherever they lived. She also worked part-time as a school secretary, school registrar and Director of Volunteers at the Anacortes Island Hospital.

When Gene retired, they bought property outside of Seeley Lake, Montana, and built a log home on Big Sky Lake. They entertained family and friends for 13 years before moving to Duvall, Wash. and then to the Chateau at Bothell Landing, Bothell, Wash. In 2018 they celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

Helen was an energetic, cheerful, optimistic and loving woman to all and was devoted to her family and friends. She also loved football and was an ardent Husky and Seahawks fan.

Surviving Helen are her husband Gene; her four children Deborah (James Jacobsen), Gary, Richard (Sally Moody) and Dean (Katey Olsen); four grandchildren Carly, Ellery, Susanna and Austin; two nieces, nine nephews, two great-nieces, one great nephew and two great-great nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and one nephew.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Woodinville Alliance Church, 13940 NE 166th St., Woodinville, WA. Reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church, PO Box 950, Woodinville, WA, 98072, in honor and memory of Helen Andrews. If desired, sign the online Guestbook at


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