Helen (Proebstel) Swanson

Born: Wed., May 21, 1924
Died: Wed., May 9, 2018

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Wed., Jun. 13, 2018
Location: Pendleton Presbyterian Church

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Helen Mae Proebstel Swanson, age 93, passed away at Sunridge assisted living on May 9, 2018. Helen was born 5/21/24 in Pendleton to the parents of Charles Cyril and Lucille Mae  Wolgamood  Proebstel.

She was a lifelong resident of Pendleton, graduating in 1942. She graduated from Oregon State in 1946 where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi society.  Helen worked for 17 years at BMCC where she taught medical and legal secretarial students. She was a member of the 1941 Pendleton Roundup court and was a lifelong rodeo fan attending the rodeo every year right up to the end. She volunteered countless hours at the Umatilla County Historical Society and the Roundup Hall of Fame including serving on their boards and leading committees.

In 1996 she was the Woman of the Year because she is “absolutely dependable, unselfish, and committed...caring and sensitive, mindful of the needs of others and the job to be done. People would be amazed at all she has accomplished, because she never invites attention to her efforts.”

Helen was a lifelong member of the Pendleton Presbyterian Church, serving as an Ordained Deacon.  She enjoyed riding, skiing, golf, tennis, bridge and was an avid collector of cut glass.  She was a member of PEO and Delphian.  Helen enjoyed hosting parties and gatherings with friends and family, especially the annual round up party after the show.

Helen was married to Robert L Swanson for 65 years.  They had 4 Children, Marsha of Albany, Shelley and husband DeWayne Dunlap of Athena, Lance (deceased), Rod and wife Fay of Mosier, 8 grand children, 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be June 13 at 2pm at the Pendleton Presbyterian Church with a reception following.

Donations in Helen’s name can be made to the Umatilla County Historical Society or the Helen Swanson Business scholarship fund at Blue Mountain Community College in care of Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, 131 SE Byers Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801.

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Stephane Stratton
   Posted Tue May 15, 2018
Helen Swanson was a remarkable lady. What a life she lead. What a legacy she lived, achieved & gave all to remember. Knowing & having Helen a part of my life was a blessing, joy, and a great privilege. To know Helen was to love her. I absolutely adored her. My heart, condolences, and prayers are with you Marsha, Shelley - her adoring daughters, and her entire family.
May the peace of the Lord be with you.
Stephane Stratton

Doralee Laird
   Posted Tue May 15, 2018
Marsha and family
Just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you at this time. Your Mother was such a wonderful person. My Mom (Mary Jane Umbarger) sat at the same table and your Mother was across from my Mother's room.
I enjoyed visiting with her many times. Helen was a gracious and lovely person. May God be with you.

Dr. Dorys Grover
   Posted Sat May 19, 2018
Helen Swanson Family
Just a note to say Helen was a fine person and a true friend.
We once rode in the Round-Up arena chasing the calves.
Long ago!

Annette and David Wall
   Posted Sat May 19, 2018
Just wanted to offer our heartfelt condolences for your loss.

Hank & Nancy Mascotte
   Posted Sat May 19, 2018
You and your family are in our hearts and prayers.

Betty Mathews
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
I am sorry to hear of Helen’s passing but when one gets our age of 94, we’ve lived a good lifetime, so no tears!
Helen first came into my life in 1992 when I joined PEO. She subsequently introduced me to Delphian, which I loved. Bridge was another joy we shared.
By then I knew we were kindred souls. I last saw Helen the summer of 2016 when I visited her in her apartment.
I’ve missed her and will continue to do so.

Diana Talley Payant
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
Helen was a very special person.
I pray for you all.
Helen was special to me.

Jan & Mark
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.
What a sweet,elegant lady.
And that is how she will be remembered.

Carol Blanc
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
I was a new friend of Helen’s.
I’ve known Helen at church and in PEO for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until she moved to Sunridge that I actually spent much time with Helen and learned more of her life.
Helen taught me to not sweat the small stuff.
She would say “Oh don’t worry about that!”
I wish I had known her in her early years. She was my friend. I really will miss her.

Harriet Isom
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
On behalf of PEO-CM, I send our condolences. She was much beloved member for many years and she will truly be missed.
She was always so calm, dignified, so adoring of her family.
Everyone in our chapter has been saying how much Helen will be missed
Truly what a wonderful lady she was.

Rita and Doug Nelson
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
Helen was a wonderful lady.
I got to know her at PEO.
Our thoughts and prayers for your family.

Bonnie Sager
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
Sending you sincere sympathy and prayers. Not only was Helen our PEO sister, she was a special friend.
I worked with her on the Histotical society board ad the Hall of Fame and our projects.
Helen was a lady in everysense of the word. She made people feel welcome and comfortable and always knew exactly what to say.
She knew so much about the history of our county and the Round Up and all the old families.
Rick Steber said “when someone dies, we lose a library”. And this is so true of your mother.
I will always remember her and her kindness to me.

Joe and Terry Kelly
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
Let us remember the good times always.
Sorry for your loss.

Molly and Maggie Lesinger
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
With wishes for much strength to help you through the days ahead.
My thoughts and prayers are for you.
Your mom will truly be missed.

Pat and Marianne Fisher
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
Your mother was such a beautiful soul.
We spent many times together growing up together.
We will remember your entire family with happy memories.
Love and God bless.

Ruth Casteel
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
My condolences on your recent loss.
I attended the Secretrial Procedures Program at BMCC in 1971 and Mrs Helen Swanson was my shorthand teacher.
I always remember that she scared us because she was “very strict” and wanted to make us learn our material.
The day of my graduation, I went to the classroom where she taught and thanked her for making me study.
She was a wonderful teacher and to this day I know my shorthand. I’m very thankful to have had her as one of my teachers.

Janet (Proebstel) Herbes
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
Helen will be missed greatly. I always enjoyed visiting with her about our family connections. When my oldest daughter made the Round Up Court she told me well another Proebstel made it on. She was a beautiful person and I will miss her about the Official practice in the arena where she watched each court practice for the past years.

Lori B
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
So sorry to lose such a beautiful lady.
We shall miss Helen. I so enjoyed her graciousness and her great sense of humor over the years.

Mac, Cyndi and Janice
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
Helen was one of the classiest, nicest ladies in our world, such a special lady.
May your memories sustain you during this difficult time.

Alex and Nancy Hanson
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
Your mom was a wonderful lady.
Glad I saw her recently.
I loved her in her outfit in the Roundup parade celebrating her part on the co urn 70 years ago and fitting into it easily.
She will be missed.

Mary Koch
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
What a great lady.
I will miss her so much.

Monte and Becky Evans
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
We’re sorry to hear about the loss of your mom.
Such a delightful lady.
May the many happy memories help you through this tough time.

Marty and Jim Lieuallen
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
Helen was one of the nicest most positive people I’ve ever known.
She was a beautiful and gracious lady who always made us feel warm and welcome with her quiet grace.
She and your dad were so kind to my mother and of course a great friend to the Lieuallen and Glenn families.
She aged in a way we wish for all of us with dignity and enjoying whatever the day may bring.
She will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Emory Eternal

Wilma Raymond
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
My heart goes out to you in the loss of your mother.
She certainly gave herself to her family and community.
How proud all of you must have been of her
Death of a parent can certainly make a void in your life.
Do accept my heartfelt sympathy in your loss.
My love to you and your family.

Lorna Waltz
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
My sympathy in the loss of your mother.
I have many good memories of Helen.
She was ready and willing to make phone calls when needed, happy to visit with and a joy to see her and visit at church.
I am happy she was a friend.
She will be missed.

Cheryl and Sterling
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
Your mom was amazing Shelley!
We always enjoyed visiting with her and feel privileged to have known her.
We send our sincere best wishes for you as you gatherin her honor next week.

Corissa Schuening
   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
I met Helen through the Round-up office. She was one of my sweetest customers, I always enjoyed seeing her come in and catching up with each other. She will be greatly missed.

Pamela Wachter
   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
I knew Helen in several ways. She was my shorthand teacher at BMCC and she was a joy to be around when her granddaughter and my daughter were on Round Up court. She was a stern, exacting teacher and a loving grandmother. My deepest sympathy to all of you in her family.

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