Helen (Gurr) Wolfenbarger


Helen (Gurr) Wolfenbarger passed away on August 18, 2013, at the age of 87. She was born February 6, 1926, in Raymond to Vernal William Gurr and Phebe (Arnold) Gurr. She was married to Joseph David Wolfenbarger for 68 years, he preceded her in death on May 13, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brother, James Gurr; and her great-grandson, Sean Shipley. Helen graduated from Raymond High School in 1944 and attended the College of Puget South (UPS) in Tacoma.

Helen was active in PTA, Brownie Scouts, Cub Scouts, Garden Club, March of Dimes, TOPS, Pacific Lioness, and the United Church of Raymond. She and her husband, Dave, were avid supporters of the Habitat for Humanity Program for many years. She loved sewing and baking and especially liked making her hundreds of aprons over the years. During her husband’s term as Pacific County Commissioner, she baked hundreds of dozens of cookies to take to all of the Pacific County Offices during the holidays, and continued this practice for several years after Dave’s term.

Helen is survived by her brother, Eugene Gurr of Raymond; three children, William Joseph Wolfenbarger of Aberdeen, Cara (Keith) Shipley of Olympia and Phebe (Dennis) Porter of Raymond; seven grandchildren, JoDeana (Rick) Jones, Deborah (Clint) Wolfenbarger-Jones, Sharyn Wolfenbarger, David (Mitzi) Shipley, Neil (Delphine) Porter, Ryan (Donna) Porter and Denise (William “Bill”) Rowlett; nine great-grandchildren, R.J. (Megan) Power, Jaqui (Ryan) Quam, Brittany Jones, Steven Shipley, Harrison Porter, Scarlett Porter, Alyssa Rowlett, Jessica Rowlett and Tristan Lund; five great-great-grandchildren, Brayden, David and Nathan Power, Reilly Power and Damien Quam; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the United Church of Raymond on Saturday, August 24, 2013. Memorials may be made to the Raymond Theater Roof Project at 323 3rd Street, Raymond, WA 98577.

Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond. You may visit www.StollersMortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.