Helen Marie McBride King
March 20, 1927 - June 24, 2020
Helen King passed away from natural causes June 24, 2020 in Tigard, Ore., at the age of 93. Helen was a resident of Newberg, Ore., since 1999. She was born March 20, 1927 in Chicago, Ill., the first child of David Raymond McBride and Mary Catherine Briggs McBride.
The McBride family moved to the Pacific Northwest in the 1930's. Helen was raised in Shelton, Wash., with her two younger brothers Albert and George. She graduated from high school in Shelton in 1945, and that fall she entered Washington State College in Pullman.
In the summer of 1946, back in Shelton, she met a WWII veteran, Victor Stevens King. Vic served on the Destroyer U.S.S. Hobby, DD610 in the North Atlantic and South Pacific. Helen was 19 at the time.
They were married Sept. 6, 1947 in Shelton. Helen left WSC and joined her husband at the University of Washington in Seattle. Victor graduated in 1950 with a Forest Engineering B.S. degree. Helen did not finish her degree at this time and instead focused on raising their first two babies.
In 10 years, six children arrived; Steven (1948), Charles (1949), Daniel (1951), Victoria (1954), Bonnie (1956), and Theodore (1958). In 1957 the family left Shelton and moved to Grants Pass, Ore., until 1962 when they moved to Eagle Point, Ore. In 1967 the family settled in Portland, Ore. Helen and Victor divorced in 1975, after which Helen's father, Grandpa Dave, came to live with her until he died in 1987.
While living in Eagle Point, Helen finished college in 1965 with a degree in education from Southern Oregon College in Ashland. She taught one year at the Eagle Point Primary School prior to the family moving to Portland.
In Portland she taught for 25 years at Couch and Foster Primary schools to 1st and 2nd graders. With her skills raising six children and a solid education, she was an outstanding child educator and retired in 1992 at age 65.
One of Helen's best life decisions was to move to Newberg into a newly built home close to much of her family. Helen lived alone in her home until age 92 when, with declining health, she moved to an assisted living facility. Then in March of this year she moved into an adult foster care home in Tigard. The day after she moved, facilities closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For three months family visited Helen while standing on a ladder, talking with her through an open window. She passed peacefully with her daughter Bonnie by her side.
Helen adored her large family and many friends. She loved to travel, work in her garden and yard, host card playing parties and family get togethers. She was an avid reader until her vision failed, then turned to Talking Books for the Blind. She was a great cook and had many dessert recipes memorized. She never forgot a birthday and always made sure to at least send a card. She was a strong believer in education and helped many of her descendants to achieve their degrees. Helen loved all her family and in turn was loved by them.
Besides her six children, Helen had 56 grands, great-grands, and great-great grands, with one more great-grand on the way. Curiously, 41 of the 56 (73%) are girls. Helen was preceded in death by her son, Charles and is survived by her remaining children; Steve (Vicki) of Lake Oswego, Daniel (Leslie) of Newberg, Victoria Acosta (Chino) of Newberg, Bonnie Kjersten (Paul) of Newberg, and Ted (Laurie) of Aurora. Helen was the last of the 10 brothers and brothers/sisters-in-law from the "greatest generation."
No funeral will occur per Helen's wishes. There will be a family memorial at a later date and burial will be at Mountain View Corbett Cemetery.
We wish to thank Kaiser Permanente, Grant Home Care, and Bristol Hospice for the care they provided Helen in the last year.
Everyone will greatly miss Grandma Helen and are proud of her life well-lived.
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