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Helen Grow, 83, of Salinas, passed away Friday, October 25, 2013 at her home, surrounded by family. Helen was born to Charles and Lena Crane in Endicott, N.Y. but was raised in nearby Vestal. She moved to Salinas in 1948, one year after graduation from Vestal High School.
Helen met her sweetheart John while working in the box office at the El Rey Theater. One day while cruising Main St. in his hot rod '38 Ford he got enough courage to stop and ask her for a date. They were married a year later.
Helen enjoyed many interests. After a career raising a family, she went to Hartnell College to fulfill her dream of enriching her educational experience and earned her Associates Degree. She loved studying music and learning to play the piano.
She also enjoyed writing and published a book, "Fate, Luck and Miracles", about her good friends experiences in the US Navy in WWII. Among her other interests were researching her family genealogy.
Active in the local community, Helen served for several years with The Boy Scouts of America organization. She also served on the Board of the Salinas Concert Association and was a volunteer for the Salinas City School Recorder Program, a program dedicated to keeping music alive in Salinas City Schools.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John C. Grow; infant son, John Kevin Grow; brother, James C. Crane; sister, Margaret Hill and sister, Barbara Hendrickson.
She is survived by sons, James Grow and David Grow, both of Salinas; sisters, Willeda Bates of North Pole, Alaska, Linda Hayes of Salinas, Lois Robison of Lakehead; brother, Bill C. Crane of Elko, NV. She is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A Memorial service for Helen will be held Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 West San Luis St., Salinas, CA 93901.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's honor to the YOSAL Music Program, which provides after school classical music lessons to underserved students. Donations may be made to Youth Orchestra Salinas, One Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901 or online at http://www.youthorchestrasalinas.org/
Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com.
Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis
Salinas, CA 93901
Published in The Salinas Californian on Oct. 29, 2013