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Helen Waller Obituary
HELEN WALLER passed away peacefully on Friday, January 28t, 2016 with family at her side and her favorite music on the stereo. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Yescalis of Arizona; son, Jerry Waller and his wife, Lori; three handsome grandsons, Kyle and Mason Waller and Sean Yescalis, and his wife, Kristin of Arizona and the most recent addition to the family, Olivia Rain Yescalis- a precious great granddaughter and the family's first girl! Also surviving Helen is her constant companion of 9 years, Annie, the cat and many generous friends and neighbors who have enriched her life. Born in Prescott, Arizona in 1923, Helen lived in the Verde Valley and spent her early years helping with younger siblings, excelled in school and especially enjoyed learning the tricks of cattle ranching from aunts and uncles in the summers. At the age of 12, she was tapped by one of the many Hollywood movie crews that filmed westerns in nearby scenic Sedona, and, disguised in bandana and hat, she rode with Gene Autry and his posse across red rock country on the big screen! Always surrounded by music in her extended family, Helen loved to sing and dance and often performed on local radio and on stage from an early age. Because she excelled in school, she was offered a job as personal assistant to a state senator as well as a scholarship to college, but circumstances led her in a different direction: at the age of 20, she met her future husband while working in Medical Records at the Whipple Veterans Hospital in Prescott, Arizona. One of her patients, Earl Waller was a Californian cadet in the Army Air Corps whose military career had been derailed in Texas by tuberculosis; his good looks, musical talent and ability to parachute toads from his 4th floor window without harming them won her heart and they married soon after. The couple moved to California and raised their family in Hemet where they designed and built 3 homes and enjoyed the company of many dear friends in every aspect of their lives for over 60 years. Helen was a member of a Hemet book club for more than 50 years and served the community in many ways- as secretary, bookkeeper, licensed teacher and personal travel secretary. She and Earl and their 5th wheel trailer traveled the USA and Mexico- often with close friends and family. They especially loved ocean adventuring- from Barefoot Cruising on a sailing ship to their most recent cruise through South Pacific Islands to Bejing and back. Throughout the years, Helen has inspired and impressed all who have known her with her tenacious spirit, generosity towards all, sense of humor and ability to overcome obstacles. May that spirit always be with us! A Graveside Service will be held, Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 11:00am at San Jacinto Valley Cemetery followed by Celebration Reception at Hemet Valley Mortuary.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 7, 2016
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