In memory of
Helen Erickson
In memory of
Helen Erickson
HELEN ERICKSON July 2, 1931 ˜ June 22, 2020 Helen Erickson was born in Ridgefield, WA on July 2nd, 1931 to Sam and Helen Zimmerly. She was the second to the oldest of ten children. Helen graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1949 and attended two years at Cascade College in Portland. She married Vinton Erickson from the Lake Shore/Felida area of Vancouver in 1953 and they had 5 children that were raised on the family farm. Besides the farm which took a great deal of her time, in her earlier years she taught children’s choir at their church, sang in choir and trio. She took her 5 children to piano lessons, swim lessons, OMSI classes, & 4-H. Helen was also on a reading committee with the schools, and passed on her love of reading to her children. She was a bit of a maverick acquiring her pilot’s license in the mid 60’s and also took computer classes which she used for setting up the pay system for the farm. Who of you still have your stick-pin buttons that she passed out to top pickers in the strawberry or cucumber fields? Or perhaps remember the end of strawberry season picnics at Lewisville Park? The twelve ‘Erickson Farms blue’ school buses went on their regular routes to pick up the kids who finished the strawberry season, only this time for a picnic, prizes & talent show. She opened ‘Erickson Farm market’ in 1989-2006 which generations of the family were able to work together. Helen and Vinton took many trips around the U.S., Europe and New Zealand. One of her favorites was visiting the Zimmerly family farm in Switzerland. Helen started many family traditions, one of which was a large Christmas display that started in the early 1960’s which included colored lights, a manger scene and luminarias, after visiting Vinton’s sister that lived in New Mexico. Another tradition was taking her grandchildren to the Clark County Fair, one that still would have continued in her memory this year with grandkids & great-grandkids. Helen lived on the farm property until she couldn’t live on her own anymore and then lived the last 5 years with her youngest daughter Angie and her husband, Bob. She passed soon after listening to Andrea Bocelli singing, ‘Amazing Grace’, on June 22, 2020 with family at her side, from a long battle with congestive heart failure. We will miss her cheerful attitude, her love of music, family, and her curiosity. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vinton who passed away in 2013. She is survived by her daughters, Wendy (Mike) Stack, Debbie (Andy) Warner, Angie (Bob) Combs; and 2 sons, Doug (Vickie) Erickson and Matt (Pam) Erickson; also 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 4 sisters, 1 brother & many others. Because of the restrictions yet for large gatherings, there will be a small family service at a later date. Please sign her guest book @ www.Columbian.com/obits
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Ridgefield, WA 98642
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In memory of
Helen Erickson
HELEN ERICKSON July 2, 1931 ˜ June 22, 2020 Helen Erickson was born in Ridgefield, WA on July 2nd, 1931 to Sam and Helen Zimmerly. She was the second to the oldest of ten children. Helen graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1949 and attended two years at Cascade College in Portland. She married Vinton Erickson from the Lake Shore/Felida area of Vancouver in 1953 and they had 5 children that were raised on the family farm. Besides the farm which took a great deal of her time, in her earlier years she taught children’s choir at their church, sang in choir and trio. She took her 5 children to piano lessons, swim lessons, OMSI classes, & 4-H. Helen was also on a reading committee with the schools, and passed on her love of reading to her children. She was a bit of a maverick acquiring her pilot’s license in the mid 60’s and also took computer classes which she used for setting up the pay system for the farm. Who of you still have your stick-pin buttons that she passed out to top pickers in the strawberry or cucumber fields? Or perhaps remember the end of strawberry season picnics at Lewisville Park? The twelve ‘Erickson Farms blue’ school buses went on their regular routes to pick up the kids who finished the strawberry season, only this time for a picnic, prizes & talent show. She opened ‘Erickson Farm market’ in 1989-2006 which generations of the family were able to work together. Helen and Vinton took many trips around the U.S., Europe and New Zealand. One of her favorites was visiting the Zimmerly family farm in Switzerland. Helen started many family traditions, one of which was a large Christmas display that started in the early 1960’s which included colored lights, a manger scene and luminarias, after visiting Vinton’s sister that lived in New Mexico. Another tradition was taking her grandchildren to the Clark County Fair, one that still would have continued in her memory this year with grandkids & great-grandkids. Helen lived on the farm property until she couldn’t live on her own anymore and then lived the last 5 years with her youngest daughter Angie and her husband, Bob. She passed soon after listening to Andrea Bocelli singing, ‘Amazing Grace’, on June 22, 2020 with family at her side, from a long battle with congestive heart failure. We will miss her cheerful attitude, her love of music, family, and her curiosity. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vinton who passed away in 2013. She is survived by her daughters, Wendy (Mike) Stack, Debbie (Andy) Warner, Angie (Bob) Combs; and 2 sons, Doug (Vickie) Erickson and Matt (Pam) Erickson; also 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 4 sisters, 1 brother & many others. Because of the restrictions yet for large gatherings, there will be a small family service at a later date. Please sign her guest book @ www.Columbian.com/obits
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Northwood Park Funeral Home, Cemetery & Mausoleum
16407 North East 15th Avenue
Ridgefield, WA 98642
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