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Helen Pluid

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EUREKA - Helen A. Pluid, 84, a longtime Eureka resident, died of natural causes Friday, June 17, at a Whitefish care facility.

Visitation is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home in Eureka. Services are 3 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Eureka. Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Helen was born to Cecilia & Jack McLaughlin on November 11, 1926, in Glacier Park. She was a Eureka resident since June 1945, when she married Harrell Pluid, Sr. Together, they raised their 10 children. Helen passed on to be with Dad and loved ones on June 17.

Not only a full-time wife and mother, Helen also always welcomed family, friends and strangers to their kitchen table for a cup of coffee and her most delicious homemade bread.

Helen worked side-by-side with Harrell on the ranch, in addition to working many seasons in the Christmas Tree Yard. She chauffeured the Amish for many years, creating lasting friendships. Helen worked at Ksanka Inn from 1983 to 1991. Her greatest joy was her family.

Survivors include her children, Charles and Bev Pluid of Belgrade, Harriett and Ray Fournier of Twin Bridges, Carol and John Ziegler of Douglas, Wyo., Mike Pluid of Anchor Point, Alaska, Audrey and Marvin Rickman of Billings, Frank and Cindy Pluid of Anchorage, Jack and Sue Pluid of Eureka, Percy and Carol Pluid of Kalispell, Roberta and Mike Skranak of Eureka, and Grace Jensen of Wasilla, Alaska; broth-ers, Bill McLaughlin and Buster McLaughlin, both of Cut Bank; 24 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; a large number of "adopted" children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Harrell W. Pluid, Sr.; daughter, Janice Lee; parents, Cecilia and Jack McLaughlin; sisters and brothers, Edith, Virginia, Jas, Bud, Babe and Jack; and a great-granddaughter Christy Lynn.

Condolences may be posted online at www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on June 20, 2011
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