- Born on April 17, 1919 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Helen
was the daughter of Carl and Anna Bloom. When she was two
years old, she and her family left Canada for the US,
ultimately settling in Portland, where she graduated from
Lincoln High School.
and her family moved again a few years later to a home on the
South Santiam Pass, near Mountain House. There, she met Lloyd
Purdy, and they were married in 1937. They lived on their farm
near West Scio. Although their first daughter, Loretta, did
not survive, they had five other children that did. Lloyd
passed away in 1964, so Helen sold the farm and built a home
in Stayton, where she lived until the time of her death.
worked in several jobs, finally becoming a teacher’s aide,
specializing in reading, and kindergarten teacher at West
Stayton Grade School, from which she retired in 1989. A
life-long gardener, Helen was a certified Master Gardner and a
member of the national organization, as well as a member of
several civic organizations including the Lyons Garden Club,
Rebekahs, Munkers’ Garden Club, and Marian Estates
was the sole surviving member of Carl and Anna’s family. She
is survived by her five children: Linda (and Dennis) Bennett,
Geraldine Gillam (and John, deceased), Patricia (and Terry)
Noss, John (and Cynthia) Purdy, and Kent (and Debora) Purdy.
She also left behind 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren,
two great-great grandchildren.
touched many, many lives in her 97 years of life, and graced
them all with her good, kind spirit, her unshakable belief in
life, and her wry sense of humor. All who knew her will miss
her nurturing presence, but keep her alive in fond memories.
She was her family's rock.... their anchor. Her family
will be adrift in grief for a while, but will soon find ground
in all the memories and lessons that taught us to love one
another and stay together through thick and thin.
the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.