Helen Milam


Helen Milam
Aug. 17, 1926 - Feb. 4, 2012

Helen Viola Milam, 85, a longtime resident of Walla Walla and an avid golfer and bowler, passed away Feb. 4, 2012, from complications of being just darn old. She was born Aug. 17, 1926, in Livingston, Mont., to the late Marty and Lee Ritchey. Her father owned and operated the Livingston Bakery that supplied bread and goodies to Yellowstone National Park. She was the youngest of four siblings by just minutes, beaten out by her twin sister, Marge, who popped out first. She graduated from the St. Patrick School of Nursing during World War II and worked at the Livingston Memorial hospital. On July 2, 1949, she married Archie Burt Milam and as soon as they could they started their family. Having babies was delayed by Helen breaking her back in a car accident on an icy Montana road. She was in a full body cast for six months. Connie Susan was born soon after the cast came off.

In 1952 Archie took a job with Montana Power at the Cutbank facility, which is 40 miles from the Canadian boarder and often the coldest place in the country. They had two more daughters while they were there and moved to Walla Walla in 1955 when Arch landed a job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Helen enjoyed her time as a full-time homemaker by making the girls' clothes, keeping a very tidy home, gardening and playing golf. She and Archie were members of the Antique Car Club of Walla Walla and toured the U.S. and Canada in their 1952 MZB Cabriolet and 1936 Packard.

She is survived by her husband, Archie; and two daughters, Debbie Woodruff and her sons, Drew and Matt of Sacramento; Jan McGowan and son-in-law Scott and their daughters, Courtney and Emily of Carslbad; grandkids, Heidi Staudenmaier and son-in-law Jeff and their adorable sons, Ryker and Brohgan, Katie Grote and son-in-law Chris and their two rambunctious children, McKinlee and Koleson; sister, Jess Schultz of Helena, Mont. Helen was preceded in death by her daughter, Connie Boldman; her twin sister, Marge; and her brother, Bob.

A celebration of her life will be held at Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. There will be a private family interment. Memorial contributions can be made to the Neuropathy Association (a disease that took her off the
golf course) or Alzheimer's Foundation through the funeral home. xx


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