|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1914|
Grays Harbor County
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 2010|
Mary Helen Anderson, 95, passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at the Maple Glen Senior Living facility in Shelton.
She was born on December 25, 1914 in Aberdeen, WA to Axel and Jean (Forrest) Anderson. Mary Helen had been a Mason County resident for all but sixteen years of her life. She graduated from Lincoln School in 1929 and from Irene S. Reed High School in 1933. Mary Helen married George "Andy" Anderson in Seattle. Mary Helen's family were pioneers in Mason County. Her great uncle, Joseph Carstairs, homesteaded in Matlock in 1883. In 1884, her great grandparents, David and Isabella Carstairs and her grandparents James and Helen Carstairs, came from Scotland with five children – Isabella "Aunt Izzie", David, James, Kate, and Jean. They settled in Matlock as with her Uncle John Small and his son, Robert Small, who were Helen Carstairs brother and nephew. Mary Helen's grandfather worked for Simpson Timber Co. in the 1880's and 1890's as an engineer on the original Tollie and seven other "Lokies" (locomotives). He voted for Washington's statehood in 1889 and was elected Mason County Sheriff in 1904. He passed away shortly after leaving office and her grandmother was left to raise the six young Forrests. "Grannie Forrest" took care of the Masonic Temple and the Masons for about 30 years, and was police Matron under five sheriffs, starting with Bill Tucker. Mary Helen's father, Axel Anderson, married Jean Forrest. He was the Captain of a 4-masted lumber schooner, the "Robert Louers". Her mother taught school at the old Oak Bay School to get enough money to become a nurse, which she did by graduating from St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma. Mary Helen lived mainly with her Grandmother Forrest and Uncle Joe Forrest as her mother did a lot of work in private care situations. She had been employed at Mel Chevrolet 1933-1937, Graham's Theater 1930-1937, Forrest Flowers 1937-1940, in 1940-1946 she went to Washington DC to work at the Bureau of Engraving for the Federal Government.
She was unable to return home because of the outbreak of WWII, unless she went onto transportation or communications, so she went to work at the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. She transferred to Pacific Bell in 1946 returning to Seattle and then went on to work for Kelloggs, three florists and a finance company over the next several years. During this time she met her husband George Anderson and had her daughter Merridee in 1951. They moved back to Shelton on New Year's Day 1956 and she went to work again at Forrest Flowers. From 1960 to 1979 she worked at Darigold, as a nurse's aide at Shelton Manor (now Fir Lane), as a cook at Exceptional foresters, nursery manager at Harvey's in Shelton, for four years she, her husband and friends Bob and Ev Eliot owned Holiday House Florists and after that she went to work for Lumberman's as the nursery manager, retiring in 1979. Mary Helen started volunteering at a young age with her Grannie Forrest. Her earliest remembrance was selling the Buddy Poppies at the corner of the old "L.M.", with Mamie Earl and Eula Martin. She did work for the March of Dimes and often volunteered for her daughter's school and extracurricular activities. After her husband died in 1981 she became a "Professional Volunteer". She was in the first class of Hospice volunteers by Providence Sound Home Health and Hospice. She also volunteered at Mason General Hospital for over seven years in the 1980's, ten years with the Senior Center for fourteen years with the 40&8/Journal Christmas Food and Toy Fund, sixteen years with the Mason County Fair, nine years at the Tollie Visitor Information Center with the Chamber of Commerce and Historical Society, ten years with RSVP, four years at the Safeway Reading Corner and three years at the United Way Office.
Mary Helen has also served on several boards and committees: 1990-1996 MCDAP Board of Directors, 1991-1998 Mason County Housing Authority Commissioner, 1988-1999 Mason County Shelter Board, 1997-2004 Mason Transit Authority Advisory Board, 1982-1987 and 1988-2004 Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board, 1998 Civic Center Bond Committee. Mary Helen's special moments have included: 1986 – Governor's Award for Volunteerism (she was one of fifty individuals in the state), Gov. Booth Gardner, 1992 – Citizen of the Year, Chamber of Commerce, 1995 – Red Cross Award for work with seniors, 1996 – United Way Gold Award, 1999 – Grand Marshal, Shelton Christmas Parade, 1999 – RSVP, Volunteer of the Week, 1999 – Voting 50 years Certificate, 2001 – Forest Festival Parade Grand Marshal.
Mary Helen is survived by a daughter, stepdaughter, stepson, foster daughter, granddaughter, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.[KOMONews.com]
Jean Ella Forrest Anderson (1887 - 1931)
George M Anderson (1912 - 1981)
Shelton Memorial Park
Plot: IOOF 6 1 G; Index C2507b
Maintained by: Chad Eugene Schneider
Originally Created by: Leslie T
Record added: Apr 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69149811