97, passed away on April 12, 2013 in Spring Valley, California. She was the mother of 12 adopted children of widely diverse ethnic backgrounds. Her 1954 account of these adoptions, The Family Nobody Wanted, became an international best seller. She continued writing books for all age groups through 1981, totaling 13 in all.
Helen was born Helen Louise Grigsby, August 9, 1915 in Sanderstead, Surrey, England. She was raised in Illinois where she married Carl Doss in 1937. She and Carl eventually made their home in Redlands, CA in 1953. Some of the children continue to make Redlands and the surrounding communities, their home. Helen later married Roger Reed in 1984 in Tucson, AZ. She and Roger retired to Mount Miguel Covenant Village, Spring Valley, CA in 2006.
Helen is survived by nine of her twelve children; Dorothy, Don, Elaine, Ted, Lora, Susie, Rita, Diane and Tim; sister, Jane Watts; stepsons, John and Jim Reed; 32 grandchildren,
47 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by Carl Doss (1994); three sons, Greg (1996), Richard (1997), Alex (2009); husband, Roger Reed (March 18, 2013).
Private memorial services will be held for Helen and Roger Reed at their last residence, Mount Miguel Covenant Village in Spring Valley, California.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Apr. 19, 2013