June 8, 1918 - Nov. 28, 2011
Helene D. Paul passed away Nov. 28, 2011, at Park Manor Nursing Home at the age of 93. Helene was born June 8, 1918, to James Troy and Della Kathryn Standley Deeter in Heyburn, Idaho. She graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1936 and was a member of the National Honor Society. She married Joseph Roger Paul on Dec. 14, 1939, in Lewiston. They had four children: one daughter, Nancy Cheryl, deceased; and three sons, Joseph James Paul, Walla Walla, Thomas Roger Paul, Kennewick, and Patrick Michael Paul, Walla Walla.
In her younger years, she worked in sales at J.C. Newberry's in Walla Walla and taught Sunday school. She also was a substitute rural route mail carrier and a shop owner selling antiques and collectibles. She was a past board member of the Grace United Methodist Church and a member of the planning committee for the present church building. For a number of years, she was president of the Grace United Methodist Women's group, president of the Prospect Point PTA and Pre School. She was a room mother for a number of her three sons' classrooms. She was a 4-H leader for 15 years of the Barnyard Champs 4-H group and den mother for all three sons' Cub Scout troops.
She was an avid Mariners fan from day one. She enjoyed bowling, square dancing and playing cards with friends. In particular, in her later years, she enjoyed the weekly Pinochle games with her friends and two of her nieces, Shirley Johnson and Marilyn Reddish. She was blessed with many longtime friends and treasured family. She considered herself especially blessed to have nieces, Shirley Johnson and Marilyn Reddish, who gave her loving care for a number of years that allowed her to stay in her home and continue to be active following pursuits she enjoyed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Della Deeter; two brothers, James Hurley Deeter and Dick Dalton Deeter; two sisters, Mary Faye Schrupan and Wilma Virginia Harbert; her loving husband, Joseph Roger Paul; daughter, Nancy Cheryl; and son, Patrick Michael Paul. Helene is survived sons, Joseph James Paul of Walla Walla and Thomas Roger Paul of Kennewick; two sisters-in-law, Rose Paul of Walla Walla and Jeannie Deeter of Beaumont, Calif. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
The memorial funeral service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church with Rev. Linda Weistaner officiating. There will be a private family interment. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Women Association through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.