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Helen Elizabeth Purdy
April 17, 1919 – May 4, 2016

Stayton - 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.

She 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.

She 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 Auxiliary.

Helen 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.

She 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.

Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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