HOGUE, Helen Axie Hilliard 1920 - 2014 After 93 years of really living, Helen Axie Hogue passed away with loving family members doting on her every need. Chocolate ice cream and a cold beer were among her last indulgences. January 14, 2014, was the day the Lord called her home. Helen was born in Malta, Montana, and moved to Bonner's Ferry at an early age. Her honest, no-nonsense, but loving parents shaped her own mothering style. Her childhood stories of growing up in the early 1920s were raw, simple and captivating. She remembered her family fared better than most during the Great Depression because they raised their own food. She also remembers the family cow her parents warned them about not turning into a pet. That warning went unheeded and resulted in the kids not having much of an appetite for beef later that year. After attending Northwestern Business College in Spokane, Helen worked as a secretary in Bonner's Ferry. Later, after passing a civil service test, she moved to Washington DC to help during the war. Before starting a family, she worked again as a secretary at the Spokesman-Review. In her senior years, she used these same skills to edit books for the Bear Tribe and also as a volunteer to transcribe books into braille for the Lilac Blind Association. Helen married Eugene Clarence Hogue in 1943, and they moved to Spokane after the war where they raised a family of seven kids. Living on two acres in north Spokane was a great place to build memories. Her hard working husband provided a modest living while Helen used her resourcefulness to grow their own fruits and vegetables, canned supplies for the winter, and freeze as much as she could. The kids were expected to top and tail beans, weed, feed chickens and do various other chores. On a Sunday afternoon, Helen would enjoy watching a football game while Gene would prefer to read a book in another room. When they needed a little peace and quiet, they would enlist the kids in a game of silence. Throughout their simple lifestyle, their kids have great memories of family camping trips, songs the family would sing together, ice skating in the winter on their property, and climbing trees. Just when their own kids were growing up and leaving the nest, Helen and Gene helped to raise some of their grandchildren as well. They were loving and unselfish, which is why they were so lovingly attended to in their elderly years. Of her many gifts, one of the most appreciated was Helen's delicious homemade cooking. Everything was made from scratch, and there was nothing better than her fresh baked pies. The kids especially enjoyed making cinnamon rolls with the leftover dough. Eugene and Helen were married for 64 years before Eugene's death in 2008. Despite an immediate diagnosis of breast cancer
shortly after becoming a widow at age 88, Helen decided to finally find out what this world had to offer. First, Cozumel, Mexico, then Grand Caymen, Jamaica in the Caribbean, whale-watching in Alaska, and learning to appreciate red wine throughout four cities in Italy. She always had something to look forward to. As her cancer flared, so did her will to live, She had big plans....hot, sandy beaches in Hawaii, the Seahawks about to go on a Super Bowl run, good books on her kindle, card games with the family, and sitting on her patio swing admiring her flowers in the spring. Now Helen will just do all of those things and more from her new home thanks to her strong, Catholic faith. Helen is survived by her seven children: Linda Queen of Spokane, WA; Sue-Marie Smith (Galen) of Louisville, CO; Terri Huerta (Al) of Highland, CA; Christine Phelps (Duke) of Gilbert, AZ; Gene Hogue, Steven Hogue and Michael Hogue (Terri) all of Spokane, WA. She was also loved by her ten grandchildren: Connie, Carrie, Amy, Abby, Karen, Merry, Linnell, Jill, Matt, Cameron and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Emogene Bessette and Marie Greenwalt. A Vigil Service will be held at Hennessey's 2203 N. Division on Thursday, January 16th at 7:00 pm and a Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Friday, January 17th at 11:00 am.