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Helen Ruth Stone

7 marzo , 192618 octubre , 2021
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Mother Helen Ruth Stone was born March 7, 1926 in Ranger, Texas. She was one of ten children born to the late Reverend Marvin L. and Estella Mae Lewis. The family moved from Texas to Vancouver, Washington in 1943. Helen came to Christ at an early age under the leadership of her father, the late Reverend Marvin L. Lewis. She was a founding member of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, which started in Vancouver, Washington and later relocated to Portland, Oregon.

Helen was affectionately known as “Grammie”, “Mother Stone”, and “Aunt Ruth”. Helen attended Abilene High School and she worked as a ship yard laborer during wartime. She met her spouse through a mutual friend, as they were introduced at a local park softball game. She married Forest Leslie Stone, Sr. and they had three daughters and two sons. Family was first for Helen and she took great care to cook amazing meals and hosted family for holidays and celebrations. Helen cared for her late husband, Forest L. Stone, Sr. She was the very best nurse to her husband and as a result of her being in the presence of many medical professionals during her spouse’s illness, she was able to assist others in the care of their loved ones. She was given an award by the Parkview Nursing Home for years of service devoted to the comfort of the aged.

One of the great joys of her life included spending time with her family and loved ones. As the matriarch of the family, she was there for the birth and baptism of almost every grandchild, attended graduations, sporting events, recitals, and theatrical performances.

Helen was faithful in her Christian walk with the Lord. She was a dedicated member of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church where she served in the Adult and Inspirational Choirs, the Nurses Corps, Shepherd’s Care Committee, Women of Hope Ministry, and the Scholarship Committee. One of her greatest honors was being President of the Mother’s Board. Helen was an active member of the Union District Baptist Association and the General Baptist Convention of the Northwest. In 2011, Helen joined Bethesda Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Robert C. Jointer. At Bethesda, Helen joined Women’s Mission, Scholarship Committee, Mother’s Board, and served as President of the Mother’s Board until the day of her passing. She was a leader amongst the Prayer Warriors group at Bethesda and a devoted member to her prayer group in Pennsylvania. Helen was humbled to have a scholarship at Bethesda Baptist Church named in her honor. She was a mother to the Youth and Junior Deacon’s Ministries.

Helen served her community, volunteering with the Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. as a member of the Mothers and Patrons Committee. Helen was loyal to her prayer life and talked to everyone about the goodness of the Lord and the importance of loving one another and praying for one another. Her life was a demonstration of the power of speaking directly to God and petitioning Him for everything you need. She strived for righteousness and modeled for everyone the character and spiritual walk of a virtuous woman.

Helen went home to be with the Lord on October 18, 2021.

Preceding her in death and waiting for her at the gates of heaven to welcome her home are her parents, Rev. Marvin L. and Estella M. Lewis; husband, Forest Leslie Stone, Sr.; daughter, Ernestine Stone; two sons, Forest L. Stone Jr. and Anthony Stone; grandson, Rahshann Stone; granddaughter, Dominique Purifoy; great-grandson, Jahleel Brown; three brothers, Elmer, Bobby, and Jack Lewis; and six sisters, Mary Harris, Lillie Virginia Brown, Lucille Williams, Addie Mae McFarland, Stella Mae Lewis, and Ella Mae Harrison.

Her beautiful life will live forever in the hearts of those left to cherish her memory: two daughters, Doris Muhammad (Ahmad) and Irene Shamsud-din; fourteen grandchildren; thirty-eight great-grandchildren, and thirteen great-great grandchildren along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  

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TASHEAYA WARREN ELLISON

2 noviembre , 2021

Mrs. Stone has been another Grandma to me ever since I met her granddaughter Genea in 4th grade. She and her family became my family. My mom and Mrs Stone spent many late nights checking on each other, laughing and talking. Such a beautiful person will be missed greatly by all who had the opportunity to know her. Sending prayers and condolences to the family. Love Tasheaya Ellison and Family and My Mom Ella Warren

Avery Penney

1 noviembre , 2021

To the stone family on behalf of my brothers and the entire penney family we would like to send our condolences in the passing of our auntie Ms Ruth stone whom loved us so much she was a great role model for all of us. We all looked up to her in the greatest regards Being her favorite nephew I really take it to heart, not only was she an aunte she was a mother friend sister and most importantly she had faith in the lord and lived and preached it daily, she will be strongly missed job well done.

Avery Penney

Patricia Warren

29 octubre , 2021

I thank God almighty for Aunt Ruth's selfless service to us , as a mother to the motherless , my 9 siblings and I for over 6 decades, after the death of our Mother, Mrs. Addie McFarland, her baby sister.
She inspired all of us to strive for excellence, to get as much education as possible, she encouraged me to complete college, even though I was married with three children before entering PSU.

She always said "you can do it with the help of the Lord while
Pointing me towards Philippians 4:13," I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me."

I'm looking forward to seeing
my dearest Aunt Ruth again one day at her place of heavenly residence,

777 Heaven Street,
City of Eternity
State of Everlasting Life.
Zip code John. 3:16
Phone number:JESUS

"Favorite niece Patricia"


Hester Henry

28 octubre , 2021

Aunt Ruth will be missed greatly. She always took the time to call and check on everyone. She really loved the Lord!! She lived to see her Savior. She had her ticket in her hand. I pray to be half the woman of God she was. Rest on Aunt Ruth and we’ll see you soon. Love you and thanks for the encouragement over the years.

Stephanie Hart Coleman

28 octubre , 2021

Aunt Ruth always welcomed us into her home, even after Grandpa Lewis and Grandma Will passed. She supported my family in some of the hardest times in our lives, she was a true queen and a virtuous woman. Aunt Ruth your love and support was one of kind. Thank you for your love and kindness.
The Hart and Coleman family's

Judy Wileylawrence

26 octubre , 2021

Grammy was such a soft spoken sweet lady, She will be missed by many.
My condolences to the Stone family.

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Parents - Rev. Marvin L. and Estella Lewis

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