Helen Margaret Funston passed into the arms of her Lord on February 15, 2014, at the age of 99.
Born June 22, 1914, to Joseph and Anna Vrchota on their homestead farm in Veblen, South Dakota, Helen was the sixth child of a family that would eventually number 10 girls and five boys.
When going to community dances, Helen and each of her sisters would assume a pseudonym. This allowed them to remain anonymous should they not want the further attentions of a potential suitor. The name Helen chose was "Mick."
She met her future husband, Roy Lee Funston, at a dance, and although Roy successfully gained Helen's hand in marriage, he affectionately called her Mick throughout their 56 years together. Roy passed away on February 2, 1995.
During World War II, Roy found work in Portland, Oregon, for Monarch Forge. When the war ended, so did the work.
With five children to support, the Funstons moved to Washington state, where Roy worked at various jobs in the woods, on a dairy farm near Port Townsend and, finally, for Stacy Stone's farm in Sequim.
After their sixth child was in school, Helen took a job at Dr. Bell's Veterinary Clinic, now Sequim Animal Hospital. She retired from the clinic after 20 years.
Helen was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sequim. She actively participated in many areas of church life and was well-known for the delicious homemade bread she donated to bazaars and rummage sales. Helen was also an avid walker and was daily seen making the loop from Port Williams Road into town and back via Brown Road.
Helen was much loved by all her children and grandchildren. When asked as a small child what she wanted to be when she grew up, she always said, "A mother." Being a homemaker was a special calling for her. Quick to smile, always serving and caring for others, Helen lived out her calling, and her legacy lives on.
She is survived by five of her children, Donna (Bob) Beeson, Gary (Trenia) Funston, Dennis (Janey) Funston, Robert (Breva) Funston and Bryan (April) Funston. Her son Roger (Sharon) Funston passed away in 2010.
She has 16 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are seven of her 14 siblings, John (Evelyn) Vrchota, Adolph (Liz) Vrchota, Edward Vrchota, Alice LaMothe, Margaret Drahota, Rose Mulick and Teresa Genevese.
A vigil rosary will be recited at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 121 East Maple Street, Sequim, at 7 p.m. today, February 20.
A memorial Mass service will be held on Friday, February 21, at 11 a.m. at the church.