Helen Marie Dougherty - July 08, 2009Helen Marie Dougherty, after 98 years of life, passed into rest in Nehalem, Ore., on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.
Helen Marie Witt was born on March 3, 1911 in Elsie, Neb., to Roy H. and Hattie Mae Witt. She was the eldest of eight children. She attended grade school and high school in Elsie, graduating in 1929. After graduation, she obtained her teaching certificate and taught in the Perkins County School District.
In 1931, she married Ralph Dougherty in Elsie. In 1936, they welcomed their son, Jimmie Arlin and in 1947 welcomed daughter Loretta Dean.
In 1939, Helen, Ralph and Jimmie moved to Klamath Falls, Ore., where they joined family and made their life together. Helen shared her love of cooking, baking and caring for children working in the kitchens of Altamont, Peterson, and Steams Elementary Schools, retiring in July, 1962. Helen loved to crochet and read Scripture and in later years, watch the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Helen was a devoted and life long member of the Wantland Church of Christ and her greatest happiness was caring for her husband and her family. This happiness was marred only by the loss of her beloved Ralph in 1979.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Winifred, Grace, Wilma, Marjorielee and Lu; brother, Leslie; daughter, Loretta; and grandson, Donald.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Leland and Beth Witt of Eugene, Ore.; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Patty Dougherty of Manzanita, Ore.; granddaughters Tamia, Kathleen and husband Guy and Suzanne and husband Patrick; great-grand-children, Christopher, Debbie and husband Carlos, Donnie, Solveig, Sena, Samantha, Riley and Seamus; great-great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Rosallie, and Baylah. Her family, nieces, nephews, and innumerable friends will miss her and always remember her.
Services were held Monday, July 20, 2009 at Davenport Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Klamath Falls, Ore.
Interment was at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens.
Memorial to a charity of donor’s choice.
Davenport’s Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.