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 Helen Ethel <I>Hendrix</I> Drew

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Helen Ethel Hendrix Drew

  • Birth 12 Jun 1916 Halfway, Baker County, Oregon, USA
  • Death 2 Jan 2014 Kennewick, Benton County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Kennewick, Benton County, Washington, USA
  • Memorial ID 130442234

I was born in the beautiful mountain valley of Halfway, Oregon on June 12, 1916. My parents were John T & Myrtle D Hendrix. We had a farm and grew our own food and raised our own animals. Dad and Mom knew how to do everything around the farm and my sisters and I grew up learning all about it. My sister, Freeda, and I helped all the other farmers in haying season and we helped Dad lay in the winter wood in the fall. When I was 16 our house caught fire while everyone was away. Mom and I saw it from the neighbors and I ran across an alfalfa field and into the burning house to save our sewing machine. The house burned to the ground and we had to live with my Gramma and Grampa Ritter for a while.

I graduated from high school in 1935 and a year later Freeda and I went to Fall Creek, Idaho to visit Gramma Hendrix. While there I met my future husband Paul Drew at the weekly dance. He had driven west on gravel roads from Maine in 1934 during the depression. He was working in an Idaho silver mine. We married December 7th and built a one room log cabin by a creek. My oldest daughter, Pauline, was born soon after. What a fun life. We had a pet deer, Billy, who shared Pauline's milk bottle when I wasn't looking. We had many friends and we loved to dance at the dance hall every week. When the mines slowed down, Paul started doing carpentry and we moved around the Northwest until we settled in Kennewick. We went back to Halfway to have our second daughter, Dee, in 1943 and then we made Kennewick our permanent home.

I loved being in the woods, hunting, fishing, and picking huckleberries. We had friends who went hunting with us and I was a crack shot. Often I was the one who bagged the deer. As the years passed all the friends are gone except my very best friend and sister Glenna Smith of Halfway, Oregon. I was lucky to have my two daughters live in Kennewick all these years. I went with Pauline and her family to the Oregon Coast every summer since 2000 after Paul died. Dee has had me to dinner every Sunday since about 1980. I would tell them family stories of the old days and play Pinochle.

They were happy days. In recent years my granddaughter, Suzanne, started taking me for pedicures which I enjoyed very much. At 97 I knew I had the oldest feet there. It became a girl thing with Paula, Dee and I going for pedicures and lunch once a month.

In 2011 I sold my house and moved into Parkview Estates. I enjoyed not having to cook and clean and meeting new friends and loved the Westernaires who came to sing every month. Sarita did my hair every week and everyone was so friendly and nice.

I passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at my home in Parkview Estates in Kennewick, Washington.

I leave behind my two daughters Paula D Lockwood and husband Dick, and Lillian D'Laine Meeds and husband Gail; grandchildren Monique Bettinson and husband Steve, Richelle Lockwood; and Drew Lockwood and wife Sheri; Suzanne West and Dr. Gordon West and his wife Melanie; Mike Meeds and wife Kim and Bryan Meeds; great grandchildren Ashley, Bo and Chad Bettinson; Sydney, and identical twins Mackenzie and Emerson West; and Justin and David Meeds; and Abby and Colby Meeds; great-great-grandchildren Paetynn and Camdynn Bettinson.

My Oregon family is sister Glenna Smith, her children Charlaine, Joyce, and Marilyn; deceased sister Freeda Chetwood and her children Adila and Verlin and their families.

I've had really good health all my life, if it weren't for MDS I think I would have made 110. Thank you all for making my passing easy. My wishes for a family graveside service is planned for Monday.

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  • Created by: Della Meize
  • Added: 27 May 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 130442234
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Helen Ethel Hendrix Drew (12 Jun 1916–2 Jan 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 130442234, citing Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Kennewick, Benton County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Della Meize (contributor 47222674) .