Helena Emma Woodruff
October 10, 1920 ~ May 13, 2014
Helen Woodruff passed away peacefully at the age of 93 with her family nearby at Wynwood Assisted Living in Medford, Oregon.
Helen was a fun loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. As a young wife in the 1940s she was a welder at the Portland, Ore. ship yards. She was married to Harley Woodruff for 35 years and widowed when he preceded her in death at age 58. They raised two children, Saundra Woodruff Crum and Gary Woodruff. She had two grandsons, Mike and Steve Gantenbein; three step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her two brothers, Walter and Roy Barnes, preceded her in death.
Helen was a native Oregonian who came from the Baker pioneer family that settled in the Sherwood area after coming across the Oregon Trail in the mid 1800s. She grew up in Vernonia, Ore. where she met her husband soon after graduating high school. She was an avid bowler, loved swimming, dancing, playing the piano, and entertaining family and friends. She was also a great cook. Helen was president of the local chapter of the Order of the Eagles in the Portland area and after the children were raised, she worked as a real estate agent for the Stan Wyley agency in Lake Oswego, Ore. as well as many other jobs throughout her life. She traveled extensively with friends and family to a variety of destinations from within the States to foreign ports of call. In 2000 she settled in Medford, Ore. to be near her daughter and grandchildren.
Our mom leaves a huge void in everyone's lives and we will miss her laughter, quick wit, sense of humor, and her adventurous self. She was the matriarch of our family. A graveside service at the Pleasant Hill family cemetery in Sherwood, Ore. will be announced for later this summer. We thank all the wonderful caregivers at Wynwood that watched over her these past few years and the great Providence Hospice group for all their support.