Helen Gladys Muhs passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in Hood River, Ore. Helen was born Feb. 28, 1926, in Swain County, N.C., to John and Una Cochran.
Mom lived in Bryson City. She and her nine brothers and sisters would work in the garden in the morning and enjoyed swimming in the swimming hole near their house in the afternoon. They made their own fun playing games with each other.
Helen married Marvel “Swede” Muhs in Vancouver, Wash., on Aug. 5, 1946, and to their union were blessed three children: Allen “Butch,” Barbara and Kimberly. Together, they enjoyed drives in the valley on Sunday afternoons, holidays with family, reunions and get-togethers with her sisters and brothers.
Helen enjoyed trips to the coast, going to church, listening to Gospel music, going out for lunch and spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids.
She moved to Parkdale in 1945. There, she and Marvel later bought their first home. She worked seasonally in the packing house and later as a grocery clerk for DeHart’s Market and retired from Mid Valley IGA. She enjoyed talking with all the people coming through her register and getting to know all the delivery people.
Helen is survived and will be dearly missed by her daughters: Barbara Ellingson, of Hood River, and Kimberly Smith and her husband, Darren, of Beaverton, Ore.; daughter-in-law Sherry Muhs, of Hermiston, Ore.; grandchildren Robert Daugherty, Lynette Daugherty, Melia Watkins and her husband, Justin, Aaron Muhs and his wife, Torey, Kathy Carranza and her husband, Fernando, and Garrick Fisher and his wife, Kelly; great-grandchildren Tiffany Anderson and her husband, Erik, Steffany Briscoe and her husband, Josh, Brandon Daugherty and Aiden Briscoe, Sven Anderson Rylend and Audrina Fisher; great-great-grandchildren Emily and Katelyn Watkins and Noah, Elliott, Emmerson and Hadley Muhs; and brothers George Cochran, of Hood River, and Bill Cochran, of Atlanta, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvel, and son Allen “Butch” Muhs, and son-in-law, Donald Ellingson.
A celebration of life for Helen is planned for Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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