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Jennie Carolyn (Bishop) Helvie

1917 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
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Jennie Carolyn (Bishop) Helvie

June 12, 1917 - February 24, 2014

Jennie was born June 12, 1917 near Frederick, South Dakota. She was the third of seven children born to Benjamin and Eleanor (Benscoter) Bishop. When Jennie was 9 years old the Bishops left the family farm and moved to Oregon. They settled first on a farm in Yamhill where Jennie attended Hutchcroft School until 6th grade. They then moved to Carlton and she attended White Cloud School. Jennie liked school and was a good student. She graduated from Carlton High School in 1934 at the age of 16.

Jennie married Norman Helvie on October 25,1934 in Vancouver, Washington. They settled in Carlton and raised four children. Jennie had a variety of jobs that included being a waitress, sewing leather gloves at Portland Glove Company, cooking at Carlton Grade School, working as a census taker, and she retired as a postal worker at Carlton Post Office. While working and raising a family she also helped with the family orchard which consisted of 30 acres of walnuts, cherries, apples, filberts, and prunes. After cleaning up the devastation of the Columbus Day storm the decision was made to sell the orchard, which provided more time for recreation.

Upon retirement Norman and Jennie took to traveling. They traveled through most of the US and parts of Canada. They enjoyed a couple cruises and spent several winters in Tucson, Arizona where they were able to make friends with people from all over the country. They cherished the friendships and memories they made while traveling.

Jennie enjoyed knitting, camping, fishing, reading, and traveling, but she loved cooking. She was always on the lookout for a new recipe to try. If it grew in the garden she could can, freeze, preserve, dry, or pickle it. Her fruit room fed the family all winter and held enough to share with others. She excelled at baking, especially breads, pies, and apple turnovers.

Jennie loved her family and having them nearby. She attended hundreds of events that her children and grandchildren were involved in and supported them in any way she could. In return she enjoyed having them come visit her so she could share cooking tips, recipes, and family stories. Many of her stories have become a kind of living history to be passed on to future generations.

Jennie was preceded in death by Norman, with whom she shared 76 years of marriage, son Lester, and all of her siblings. She is survived by daughters Norma Wiser (Dick) of McMinnville and Marilyn McKee (Bill) of Amity and son Dick Helvie(Linda) of Turner. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. She will be missed by all.

The family would like to give thanks to Willamette Valley Hospice staff and Parkland Village staff for the help they provided for Jennie and a special thanks to granddaughters Kelli Brooker and Jan Adams for all the visits, comfort, and laughs they have provided.

At Jennie's request no services are planned. To leave online condolences, visit the Guest Book at

Published in StatesmanJournal on Feb. 27, 2014
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