St Martha's Catholic Church
37200 Whitewood Rd
Murrieta, CA 92563
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Helen Louise Buchanan

1925 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Helen Louise Buchanan Obituary
of Wildomar, California passed away on February 1, 2018 at home surrounded by family. She was born December 5, 1925 in Providence, Rhode Island to Kathleen and Allan Mardenborough and was the eldest of four girls. In 1950, she married her husband Paul and in 1962 they drove across the country in a station wagon with their children, relocating to Redondo Beach, California for her husband's employment. Later, they lived in Torrance and in 1991 they moved to Murrieta. Helen held many jobs in California, eventually retiring from the Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services as an eligibility worker in 1989, after 19 years. Once retired she pursued her life-long interest in painting and became an artist, mostly working with oil paints. She was a founding member of the Murrieta Gem of the Valley Art Association and the Murrieta Art Workshop. Her positive attitude and laugh will be greatly missed. She is survived by eight children: Frances, Kathleen Clark (Tom), Margaret Castro, Carolyn Enger (Cliff), Paul, Elizabeth Waid (Robert), Patricia, and Joan Potts (James), as well as nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Barbara Verria of Providence, R.I. and Patricia (Vincent) Marcello of The Villages, Florida, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Paul, her sister Ruth Huss, and her son-in-law Ernest Castro. A funeral mass will be held on February 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., St. Martha Catholic Church, 37200 Whitewood Road, Murrieta. Burial to follow at Riverside National Cemetery at 1 p.m. She will be laid to rest next to her late husband.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 20, 2018
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