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Faith Helms Rasco Obituary
Faith Frances Helms


May 3, 1913 - September 28, 2012

Faith was born in Wenatchee, Washington and passed away in Seattle. She graduated from Hillyard High School (1930) and Whitworth College (1937) both in Spokane. At Whitworth College, she met and married William (Bill) Wilson Rasco. They married on April 21, 1935, and celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in 1995.

Faith accompanied her husband on a lifetime journey of dedication to Church stewardship. Their love of church took them to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Seattle, to Danville, California, Millwood Presbyterian Church in Spokane Valley, Presbyterian Church of Yakima and First Presbyterian Church in Walla Walla. In 1955, Bill was elected by the Synod to become the Finance Director of the Synod of Washington and Alaska. In 1966, he was elected Executive Director. They moved their home to Bellevue and attended the Bellevue Presbyterian Church where Faith worked as secretary.

In 1971, Faith and Bill undertook an around the world study trip, visiting twenty countries where they observed the mission work of the Presbyterian denomination. They traveled by ancient bus over the famed Khyber Pass in Afghanistan among other adventurous travel.

Faith was devoted to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Never forgetting a birthday while following all their special interests. She was truly a "Mary Poppins" to her family and instilled her love and affection to all. Outside her family, Faith was happiest with a book, crossword puzzles and was a keen follower of the Huskies and Mariners.

In 1986, Faith and Bill retired to Park Shore. She was active in the Chapel Committee, Vespers program and Heifer Project.

Preceded in death by her husband Bill, daughter Berwyn Collins, son-in-law Harold Collins and great grandson Kylie Roger. Survived by daughters Gail (Lawrence) Jacobson and Linda (Gordon) Willhite. Grandchildren Hal (Daniele) Collins, Bill (Raquel) Collins, Elizabeth Jacobson, Lisa (Richard) Minice, Mike (Carmen) Jacobson, Christin (Dennis) Lunny, Melissa Willhite. And eleven great grandchildren.

In remembrance, a service is scheduled for Sunday, October 21st, at 2:00 p.m. - Park Shore, 1630 43rd East, Seattle.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Heifer Project (heifer.org) or The Dr. Olson Lab for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research, Seattle Children's Hospital, 866-987-2000.
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 14, 2012
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