Helen Brundage Crowell |
A former NSA employee and Alameda County Personnel Analyst, transitioned on March 25, 2013, in Redwood City, CA.
Born in New York on Aug. 12, 1931, Helen graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1952. At UNC, she was active in the Pi Beta Phi sorority which she remained affiliated with until her death. After graduation, she went to work in Washington, D.C. where she met and married Jackson H. "Jack" Crowell.
They moved west, first to Denver, CO and then to Hayward CA where Helen was an active member of the League of Women Voters. In 1974, Helen obtained her master's degree in Public Administration from California State University Hayward. She subsequently took a position with Alameda County where she worked from 1974 until 2007. After Jack's untimely death in December 1974, Helen relocated to San Francisco in 1979.
Helen was passionate about her daughters, her friends, her church, St. Aidan's Episcopal, and numerous activities including travel. Helen's volunteer services were numerous, & included St. Martin de Porres kitchen and the lay ministry at San Francisco General Hospital.
Helen will be fondly remembered for her generosity, empathy, selflessness, and unrestrained laugh.
Helen was preceded in death by her sister, Ann Barnard, and her brother, Cole Brundage. Survivors include her daughters, Leslie Crowell and Ann Ribanje, and her cat, Chao Ying. Her daughters appreciate the compassionate care and concern of the staff at the Neurology ICU at Kaiser Redwood City.
A celebration of Helen's life will be held on Saturday May 18 at 5 p.m. at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive San Francisco, CA 94131. In remembrance of Helen, please donate to St. Aidan's Church or to
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 24, 2013