Helen Bell "Nana" Gordon Aug. 24, 1919 - Feb. 20, 2006, passed away peacefully at Seton Medical Center with family and friends at her bedside. Loving wife for 66 years to the late Charles Gordon, Jr; daughter of the late Louis and Ida Hillstock. Devoted mother to Bill, Lou (Teri), Steve and Rick; Andrea (Terry) Horde, Paula Gardner and Carol (Brad) Parker; Sally Gibson was loved like a daughter. Adored grandmother of Damien and Jay Gordon, Joe and Chris Horde, Morgan Nevins, Olivia and Amanda Parker, Emila Bender. Great- grandmother of nine. Loving sister to Ruth Hart and the late Joe and Frank Hillstock; sister-in-law to Dorothy Smith, Frances Porter, Dorothy Hillstock; numerous other loving family members and friends. Helen was a resident of SF since 1946 and from August 2004 resided at Linda Mar Care Center in Pacifica. We thank the wonderful LMCC staff for the amazing care given in her final days. She had an enormous heart that truly loved and she was loved in return by all that met her. Helen loved to cook, enjoyed music and socializing with family and friends (let's not forget how she loved Reno!). Her home was always warm and she welcomed everyone. Her wonderful sense of humor to the end defied the normal markers of Alzheimers'. She has left a huge void in our lives and will always be remembered as our family matriarch. Helen was cremated and a Celebration of her life will be held at a later date. For information, contact her daughter, Carol Parker: (650) 859-6115 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made in memory of Helen Gordon to the Alzheimers' Association.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 26, 2006.