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Helen Emily (Mac Lean) Tinney

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Helen Emily (Mac Lean) Tinney Obituary
Born July 12, 1928, in Winslow, AZ the oldest child of Ralph B. and Olive Mac Lean, Helen passed away peacefully at her home on May 1, 2012, in Upper Lake, CA. She was happily married to Bill Tinney for 51 years. Helen graduated from Winslow High School in 1947 and relocated to San Francisco in 1948 to work for Santa Fe Railroad as a switchboard operator. Helen met her future husband over the phone as they both worked for Santa Fe, he in Richmond and she in San Francisco. The phone calls resulted in a date and the rest is history. In 1960 the family moved to Dixon, CA until 1971 when they relocated to Vacaville, CA. Helen worked for Solano Community College as a switchboard operator, retiring in 1987. Upon retirement, Bill and Helen relocated to Lake County, settling in Upper Lake.
Helen was a member of the Christian Church of Vacaville and later United Christian Parish in Lakeport, CA. A powerful alto, she sang in the choirs of both churches. Helen loved music, embroidery, old movies and her favorite TV program, The Andy Griffith Show. She was a loving sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She actively raised children in her home in every decade since the 1950s. Her loving manner and her laugh will forever be remembered, cherished, and missed. She is now reunited with Bill, who's been waiting for his beloved Helen in Heaven since 2001.
Helen is survived by her four children, Suzanne Edgington, Linda Bushta (Greg), Cheryl Carr, and David Tinney; 11 grandchildren, Derek Raper (Krystal), Carrie Raper, Stephanie Rieger (Tim), Deziree Sutliff (Darrin), Emily Bushta, Ryan Carr (Charmaine), Matthew Carr, Keith Tinney (Kasandra), Kevin Tinney (Nichole), Jessica Tinney (Billy) and Ashley Tinney; and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her younger sisters, Evelyn Geisler and Carolyn Roberts, and her nieces and nephews, all of Arizona.
No longer in need of a handset phone, Helen now has a direct line to all her survivors. By closing their eyes and carefully listening, they will hear her words of love and her reminder to put the mayonnaise, mustard, and catsup away!
Memorial service will be held Thursday, May 17, 12 p.m. at United Christian Parish, 745 N. Brush Street, Lakeport, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Youth Group of United Christian Parish, in her name.
For further information call Chapel of the Lakes 263-0357 or 994-5611 or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com
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Published in Lake County Record-Bee from May 12 to May 19, 2012
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