Lewis, Helen Jane

Written by David Green.

Helen Jane Smith Lewis, 74, of Dallas, Ore., died June 28, 2010, at Salem Hospital.

She was born Nov. 6, 1935, in Morenci, Mich., to Staten and Catherine M. Roth Smith. She was raised in Fayette, Ohio, and graduated from Gorham Fayette High School in 1952. She graduated from nursing school in Toledo, Ohio, and was a registered nurse.

She moved from Ohio to Alameda, Calif., where she worked at General Hospital. She married Paul Lewis Aug. 8, 1957, in Alameda.

Helen moved to Wheeler in 1959 and worked at the Reinhart Clinic and then at North Tillamook County Hospital. She retired from nursing to raise her children. For a short time she lived in Portland before moving to Lincoln City in 1969. In 1999 she moved to Dallas.

She enjoyed traveling in New Zealand, she did crosswords in ink, and was a Jeopardy whiz. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, cooking, sewing, gardening, was an avid reader, and was a member of the Doubleday Book Club. She had a great sense of humor.

Helen is survived by her children, Karen (and Tim) Bones of Coos Bay, Ore., Brenda (and Mark) James and Steve (and Sandra), both of Dallas, and Jim (and Brynnen) of Issaquah, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her mother, Catherine Smith of Archbold, Ohio; and a brother, Dean (and Linda) Smith of Lakeland, Fla.

A private memorial service took place at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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