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Helen Kathryn Dewey Brazelton


1917 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Helen Kathryn Dewey Brazelton Obituary
Helen Kathryn Dewey Brazelton April 17, 1917 - Nov. 1, 2017 Helen Kathryn Dewey Brazelton, a former long time resident of Vacaville, passed away on Nov. 1, at Spruce Point Assisted Living Center in Florence, OR. Helen was born April 17, 1917 to William Dewey and Effie Slater Dewey in San Francisco. She moved to Vacaville when she was four years old after her parents divorced. She lived with her mother in Vacaville until 1931 when her mother remarried and they moved to Dixon. After graduating from Dixon High School in 1935 she continued her education at Mills College and Armstrong Business College, receiving an Associate of Arts degree from Armstrong in 1937. In 1939 she married John (Mac) McKnight Brazelton Jr., and they were married 56 years until Mac passed away in 1995. Helen enjoyed a long and busy life. She was active in PTA at Elm School and her interest in reading instruction led her to run for the Vacaville Elementary School Board in 1961. She served on the board before it became unified and in 1965 she was chairman of the board during the reorganization period. She served for 12 years, stepping down in 1973. Her focus on serving students first and her ability to quietly, but with great determination stand for what she believed was best for the students was appreciated by the teachers and the community. Helen was a member of the Solano County Music Teacher's Association and taught piano in her home studio until a fall in 2006 prevented her from continuing lessons. She greatly enjoyed her students and the friendships with their families.Two collections of her piano compositions for students were published in the 1970's by Willis Music. Helen lived independently at the Vaca Valley ranch until her second fall in December 2013. She then moved to Spruce Point Assisted Living Center in Florence, OR, to be near her daughter and son-in law, Cathy and Lou Ures. This last April, Cathy and the staff at Spruce Point honored Helen with a 100th birthday gathering attended by immediate family. She received many cards from family and friends and was so appreciative of all those good wishes. Helen is survived by her daughters, Cathy (Lou) Ures of Florence, OR, Eileen Ross (Ces) of Durham, CA, and son, John McKnight Brazelton III (Nadyne) of Mill Creek, WA; grandsons, Matthew Ures, Nicholas Ures, Collin Ross and Cory Ross ; granddaughters, Amy Chandler and Johnna Paige Hall; eight great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the many friends and neighbors in Vacaville who offered such support to Mom while she was living at the ranch. Your attention was much comfort to the family and allowed her to maintain "independence" with many hearts and hands ready to help. The staff at Spruce Point and the caretakers from New Horizons in Florence provided support and care of our spunky independent Mom with great compassion while encouraging her humor to shine through. Our mom was blessed to live independently in the middle of the beautiful Vaca Valley until she was 96- rather amazing! One of her favorite sayings was--- "It is a great life if you do not weaken."--- and she certainly did not! A gathering to celebrate her long productive life is planned for Saturday, Dec. 16, at Vacaville Fire Protection District center, 420 Vine St., from 1 to 3 p.m. Please come and share your memories. A private interment is being arranged. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to your local Hospice agency or the Vacaville Volunteers Fire Association.
Published in The Reporter from Nov. 26 to Dec. 26, 2017
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