Sept. 17, 1917 — Dec. 12, 2013
Helen Belle Zumwalt, 96, passed away on Thursday.
She was born at home on Upper Fords Creek Road near Weippe, Idaho, to Victor S. Snyder from West Virginia and Marion E. (Robson) Synder of Iowa. At an early age she moved to a farm on Three Mile Road near the town of Weippe. Then she started grade school at the OK School, where her mother taught grades 1 though 8. She learned to cook and can vegetables and prepare for winters at an early age.
At the start of high school, Helen had to move into town to work for her room and board as she went to high school.
After graduating from Weippe High School in 1935, she met and married Amel Zumwalt on Dec. 4, 1935. A year later a daughter, Betty, was born. Then she had three sons, Carl, Floyd and George. Helen was an excellent seamstress making all four of her children’s clothes on a tread be sewing machine.
In 1946 the family moved to Deadwood, then to Triangle Lake. While living at Triangle Lake, she worked as a cook in logging camps. In 1956 the family moved to Albany where Helen worked in housekeeping for the Al-Ray Motel for about 10 years.
Her hobbies were rock collecting, raising her garden and flowers, and enjoying her grandchildren.
Helen and Amel had their 78th wedding anniversary on Dec. 4.
Helen is survived by husband Amel Zumwalt of Albany; sons Carl of Lewiston, Idaho, George of Farmington, N.M., and Floyd of Albany; nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Betty Gray of Portland; brother Loyal; and younger sister Doris.
A service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens, 34275 Riverside Drive, Albany.
Memorial gifts may be directed to SafeHaven Humane Society, 33071 Highway 34, Albany, OR 97321.