Helen G. Dewey

Helen Dewey PhotoHelen G. Dewey, 88, passed away, Friday, October 5, 2017 at Regency Assisted Living in Pullman, Washington with family by her side.

Helen Georgia Robinson Gardner Dewey was born to Paul and Edith Robinson on April 5, 1929 at the family home in Cathart, Washington. She attended Cathart Grade School and Snohomish High School.

She married Gordon Gardner in 1946. They had 4 children. They were later divorced.

She enjoyed working as a waitress, and she last worked at the Nobby Inn (now the Breakfast Club) in Moscow, Idaho. She sang in the Camas Choir while living in Grangeville and the Sweet Adelines in Lewiston for a short time.

In 1974, Helen married Jim Dewey in Grangeville, Idaho. They moved to Potlatch where Jim worked for the US Forest Service. They built their home in Princeton, Idaho in 1978. Jim passed away in 2000, and Helen moved into Moscow in 2004. She enjoyed many trips with the Idaho Roadrunners as well as trips with her family. This included trips to Costa Rica and Ecuador. She loved to travel and was always ready to eat out. She played Bingo and Rummikub with 3 special friends every Friday afternoon. We had to plan our visits around her busy schedule.

Helen loved to cook and shared food with all her family and friends, including her homemade apple butter. She loved all sports and tried to get to most of her grandkids games and other events. She watched the Seattle Mariners even when they were losing, and attended games when she could, even their training camp in Arizona. She loved Gonzaga basketball and the Seahawks. She was known for her very large collection of anything owl.

She is survived by her children; Gordon (Pat) Gardner, Carol (Dennis) Pittmann, Larry Gardner, John Gardner, all of Oakesdale; stepdaughters, Rita (Dick) Bottger, Clarkston, Carla (Kurt) Olmstead, Lewiston, Leah (Jim) Desmond of Air Way Heights; sister, Doris Oberg Wisconsin; grandchildren, Brad, Kelli, Brian, Amy, Kara, Daniele, Tyler, Mandy, Adrian, Dash, Walker, and Mary; 13 great-grandchildren and with another one on the way in November.

She is preceded by her husband Jim; stepdaughter, Debi Aspelund; grandson Kristopher Helt; daughter-in-law, LeAnn Gardner; her parents; sister, June Rush; and brother, Harold Robinson.

Memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Shorts Funeral Chapel. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall of the Moscow Nazarene Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Kindred Hospice, 1610 NE Eastgate Blvd #850, Pullman, WA 99163; Moscow Volunteer Fire Department, EMS & Training Offices, 603 S. Main Street, Moscow, ID 83843, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Shorts Funeral Chapel, Moscow, Idaho. Condolences can sent to the family online at www.shortsfuneralchapel.com.

3 Responses to Helen G. Dewey

  1. Connie O'Reilly says:

    Helen was one of the most gentle, kind and loving people I have ever known. I met her when she became my mother’s dearest friend, and instantly adopted her as family. I remember calling to check in with my mother, and she would tell me she couldn’t talk right then because she and Helen were in the middle of watching a tense Mariner’s or Seahawk’s game, or a competitive round of Bunco or Rummikub and that she’d have to call me back. We shared all recipes with kale and marveled that others didn’t share our passion. Like my Mom, I kept my eye out for all things “owl” and forwarded whatever I could for Helen’s impressive collection. She was my mother’s main support person when Mom moved to Cark House 2 blocks from Helen, and they continued their sports passion, often over a glass of wine. After my Mom died, I told Helen I needed a surrogate Mom and she said she was up for the job, and henceforth was known to me as ‘Mom Helen.’ I will miss her terribly, but I’m at peace knowing she is no longer suffering. She embodied ‘heaven’ while alive and that energy lives on in the hearts of all who knew her.
    Rest in peace, Mom Helen.
    Connie O’Reilly

  2. Jane Drake says:

    Helen was such a positive person and she was always smiling. I will never forget how she went out of her way to comfort to me when my sister LeAnn passed away! Such compassion! I was in attendance on several game nights and she helped me with Rummikub. I wasn’t very good but she encouraged me. She was a very special person and I will miss her!!

  3. Frances Cunnington says:

    I met Helen through the Nobby Inn years ago. In 1992, I received a total liver transplant and was blessed to have Helen as a supportive and positive presence in my recovery, as she’d been prior to surgery. When I lost my husband in 1993, again she was there for me, bringing her home-baked, wonderful bread that literally sustained me during those first days. To be honest, I haven’t had the opportunity to reconnect with Helen since I moved from Moscow in 1998, but she has always remained a special person. I am blessed to be able to give a ‘thumbs up’ to a ‘lady’ I would refer to as a true friend!

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