Helen L. Warden, wife of John Warden, mother of Rosalie Nast and grandmother of Thomas Nast and Emily Reedy, peacefully entered her Heavenly home October 27, 2016. She was born in 1918 in Lewistown, MT to Louise Jenni McCrery and Clifford McCrery. Helen was raised in Roy, MT where she graduated from high school and attended normal school in Bozeman, MT. She met her husband, John, while both were teaching in Harlowton, MT. They were married in Lewistown, MT in 1940. In 1943 her daughter Rosalie was born. Helen's husband served in Europe in the Army for three years so she and Rosalie lived with her mother and father in Cushman, MT. In 1947 the family moved to Orting, WA where Helen taught elementary school. In 1950 they moved to Bellingham, WA where Helen taught in Bellingham schools, including Lowell, Columbia, Roeder, and Roosevelt. Helen was active in First Presbyterian Church, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, and helping husband John with the English Handbell Choir. She served on the Sehome Arboretum board, taught school children about salmon at Maritime Heritage Park, and often played the piano for Y's Buys Teas. John and Helen were honored by Big Brothers and Sisters of NW Washington as 1982 Grandparents of the Year and as Outstanding Couple; Super Senior Award in 1990. Many friends of all ages were touched by her kindness and her love for her Lord. Helen was predeceased by her parents, infant son, husband and sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Rosalie Nast of Bellingham; grandson, Thomas Nast of Portland, OR; granddaughter Emily Reedy of Waxhaw, NC; and great grandchildren Kylie and Logan. The family would like to thank the staff of Rosewood Villa, Highgate Memory Care, and Whatcom Hospice for their loving care of Helen during her final years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John Warden Memorial Scholarship or to the Deacons' Fund at First Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1031 N. Garden St. on Friday, November 18 at 2 pm. To share your memories of Helen, visit molesfarewelltributes.com.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Nov. 11, 2016