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Helen Margaret Anderson

June 18, 1936 - January 14, 2016

Helen M. (Richards) Anderson, 79, passed into the hands of the Lord January 14, 2016 at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane Washington. Helen was born to Ellie and Bill Richards June 18, 1936 in Butte, Montana. Helen grew up in Butte along with her two sisters. Helen wed Wendell F. “Andy” Anderson October 2, 1954 in Butte. Several years later Andy started his career with the Hoover Corp. and Helen supported Andy and raised a family as Hoover lead them to Los Angeles, Sacramento, Spokane and Seattle. During this period Helen also held jobs with Sacramento County, Safeway and Drug Fair. Helen’s creativity was expressed with her sewing, baking, cake decorating and oil paintings. Care of Andy, devotion to her children, working outside the home and her creation of beautiful clothes, oil paintings and wedding cakes, Helen was a very busy and talented lady spending many sleepless nights perfecting the projects she was working on. Always doing for others, she was a very loving, nurturing angel on Earth that will be missed by anyone who had the opportunity to be a part of her life. After Andy’s retirement from Hoover, they purchased, ran and sold businesses in Seattle and Spokane. Helen’s favorites were the pet stores she worked in and helped manage. She loved the animals they sold and looked forward to seeing and caring for them each day. Helen and Andy permanently settled in Spokane 12 years ago to spend their final years close to their children. Helen was plagued with many medical issues throughout her life, but through all the difficulties Helen encountered she met them with resolve, kept her head up and pushed through them no matter the severity. Now she is able to rest without pain in the arms of her loving savior. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Ellie Richards of Butte, Sister Rita Navarro of Butte, son Michael interred in Sacramento, husband Andy in Spokane. She is survived by her daughters, Sherill Stueve and husband Donald Jr., Lynn Pisar and husband John, Gail Bass and husband Rob, Sister Judy Keto and husband Jim of Butte, brother-in-law’s Neil Anderson and Joe Navarro of Butte. Grandchildren Angela Cook, Nathen Bass, Dawn Summers and Joe Bass, many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her memorial and inurnment will be a private family affair according to her wishes. In lieu of flowers or donations Helen would like you to get creative and bake a cake. If you’re not a baker then paint a picture. Community Cremation & Funeral - Spokane Valley - 13127 E. Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99216, (509)926-2020 -


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