Resident of Orinda, CA. Helen left for her last trip and new adventure (depending on your cosmology) in the early morning of August 3. She was at home in her own bed with a good book, after a meal and a glass of wine. She was looking forward to getting over her aging problem and may have left without noticing she had gone. It was almost perfect. She was ninety four and a half. She had been an involved citizen, an enthusiastic friend, an entertaining relative, and a supportive parent. She loved travel (only missing the Antarctic continent), gardening, reading, opera, the symphony, the ballet, movies, and she lovingly fed a few pets into perhaps a larger size than was really good for them. She had an early mania for knitting. She discovered a late delight in backpacking and hiking. She cooked a lot of things really well. She leaves behind her children, grandchildren, a great grandchild, other relatives to whom she had become the family elder, and a wealth of friends. She led a fine long life and left the way most people hope to go. We sometimes travel on a troubled sea. We sometimes sail in the dark. And now, one of the landmarks we use to chart our course has become much harder to see. Safe journey Helen. A memorial party will be held at the home of Kathy Hastings in Graton, California on Sunday, October 14, 2012 beginning at 2:00 in the afternoon. If you like, bring a snack and a story. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a cause of your choice.