Helen B. Carrell

07/06/1928 — 08/04/2004

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Kansas City, Kansas

Helen B. Carrell

Helen Veda Carrell passed away on August 4, 2004, in Richland, WA. She was born in Kansas City, Kansas on July 6, 1928 to Bryan and Veda Burge. Helen grew up with one sister, Lois, and the family moved to Seattle when she entered Roosevelt High School. After graduating, she attended the University of Washington, and it was there that she met John Carrell on a blind date in 1947. They married less than a year later and celebrated their 56th wedding on July 11, 2004.

Helen and John lived in Richland in one bedroom of a prefab house during Hanford's early years. Despite their small quarters, they entertained friends by cooking dinner with just one small electric frying pan. When John was later transferred by General Electric, they moved to Schenectady, New York and to Erie, Pennsylvania. They returned to Richland in 1950 and except for one year in San Jose, California, Helen and John have remained in the Tri-Cities. They lived in Kennewick and also particularly enjoyed the solar house north of Pasco they designed together.

Helen worked initially as a secretary for General Electric but became a homemaker to raise their three children. She was a charter member of both the Vista Junior Women's Club and the Washington Society of Professional Engineers Auxiliary. She served in local offices of the Auxiliary and was also the state president. She assisted many of the Auxiliary's educational activities including proctoring the Engineering in Training exam and helping with the Tri-Cities Math Counts contests.

Helen enjoyed all types of family activities, which ranged from backpacking trips to extended boating excursions. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed gardening and needlework. At times she played zookeeper for the many pets that the family adopted including monkeys, snakes, spiders and birds of all varieties. Her home was a popular gathering place for her children's friends and neighborhood children. She made a positive impact on many young lives.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, John, and her sister, Lois Baker of Fremont, California, children include Don Carrell and his wife, Sue, of Richland; Janet Stoffel of Coos Bay, Oregon, and Bob Carrell and his wife, Dottie, of Richland, four grandchildren, Tobin and Serena Hagan, and Tyler and Kelsey Baumgartner; and one great granddaughter, Anna Hagan.

With all of her medical problems of recent years, ''why me'' was never heard. If there is a place where the souls of the good people reside, Helen is there now.

A farewell gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2004, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Don and Sue’s home. Einan's may be contacted for information.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Neurological Center 712 Swift Blvd., Suite 1, Richland, WA 99352.

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  • Helen was a very special lady, and we are blessed to have known her even a little. Our condolances to the family. The picture of her is the way I will always remember her. Helen & Corky Bonham

    Corwin & Helen Bonham
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Hi John & family,

    From the very moment I met you and Helen I was very happy to have you move next door to us. She was so easy to visit with and always showed interest in what you had to say. We will miss her.

    Earl & Renee Petersen

    Earl & Renee Petersen
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Helen was such a wonderful person. Many fond memories have come the family gatheries that she and John would host. We will miss her dearly.

    Love,

    Tobin, Kristina and Anna Hagan

    Tobin & Kristina Hagan
    November 4, 2014
    Dallas, TX, US
  • Dear John and family,

    Helen will long be remembered for being the most wonderful Mom “C” and G’Ma “C” to all of us.

    Our deepest sympathy and love,

    Brian, Dede, Kevin, and Colin

    Dede Moore
    November 4, 2014
    Windsor, CT, US
  • Helen was a very special lady, and we are blessed to have known her even a little. Our condolances to the family. The picture of her is the way I will always remember her. Helen & Corky Bonham

    Corwin & Helen Bonham
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Hi John & family,

    From the very moment I met you and Helen I was very happy to have you move next door to us. She was so easy to visit with and always showed interest in what you had to say. We will miss her.

    Earl & Renee Petersen

    Earl & Renee Petersen
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Helen was such a wonderful person. Many fond memories have come the family gatheries that she and John would host. We will miss her dearly.

    Love,

    Tobin, Kristina and Anna Hagan

    Tobin & Kristina Hagan
    November 4, 2014
    Dallas, TX, US
  • Dear John and family,

    Helen will long be remembered for being the most wonderful Mom “C” and G’Ma “C” to all of us.

    Our deepest sympathy and love,

    Brian, Dede, Kevin, and Colin

    Dede Moore
    November 4, 2014
    Windsor, CT, US
  • Auntie Helen was a wonderful person. I’m glad for the times I shared with her in this life and look forward to seeing her in the next. All the family has our sympathy for the loss of such wonderful lady.

    Love, Gina

    Gina and Ron Boucher
    November 4, 2014
    San, Antonio, TX, US
  • Though I wasn’t able to see Auntie Helen in recent years I will always remember the wonderful visits to their home in Kennewick. My sympathies are with Uncle John, Don and his wife, Janet, and Bob and his wife.

    Love, Debbie

    Debora Wilder
    November 4, 2014
    Salinas, CA, US
  • John, Don, Janet, and Bob

    THANK YOU for allowing me to share in the celebration of Mom C’s life. All of you have been a very important part of my life right up to the present. While it is fun to think back to the good ol’ days, we do have to live in the present. I hope that the bonds I feel with your family can in some way help to bring resolution and peace into your hearts and minds. Every time I visit the ‘Cities, I hope to stop by and say hello.

    I will miss Mom C, but feel gladness that she was a part of my life, too.

    B

    Brian Moore
    November 4, 2014
    Windsor, CT, US