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.

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