Helen Gertrude Haglund

4 août 193114 novembre 2020

Helen G. Haglund passed away November 14, 2020 in Olympia, WA. Helen was born Aug. 4, 1931 to Toivo and Gertrude Saari. She grew up with a brother, Albin, and sister, June, on a dairy farm in Rochester. Helen married her husband, David R. Haglund, in 1955 and adopted two children, Darrin and Debra. Helen retired from the State of Washington after over 30 years of service. After retirement, Helen enjoyed spending time with her family, watching baseball and traveling to other countries. She also enjoyed volunteering and playing cards with friends. Mom especially enjoyed celebrating holidays with family. Helen is survived by her son, Darrin and daughter, Debra (Paul) Skipworth; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Her husband, David predeceased her in 1988.


Helen Gertrude Haglund


Carolyn Berger

2 décembre , 2020

I remember Helen from when I worked at OSPI, for the Adult Refugee Project, in the early 1980's. Although I did not work closely with Helen, what I remember most about her was her beautiful smile, her positive, upbeat personality and her graciousness. Helen was a lovely lady and a blessing, I'm sure, to all who knew her.

Barbara Quick

2 décembre , 2020

Helen was such a very kind woman. Beautiful smile warm and loving, always ready to listen, to help. When I was young and new to the office she made sure I felt welcome.

My thoughts are with her family at this time of her passing. Cherish your memories.

John Pope

2 décembre , 2020

We pray for strength and Blessings for your family in the many days ahead of remberance. Like so many others I was so fortunate to have been embraced by her frienship and love over the many years we shared. She will be remembered so much which will minimize my missing her.

Carole Wahlers

2 décembre , 2020

To Darrin and Debbie and all the family,

My condolences. So many good things to say about your mother. I am writing now with tears in my eyes because I am sad and also because I am grateful for our friendship.

It is so true about her love for you two and the families! She appreciated everything that you did for her. When she needed help you two and Paul were there. I especially remember her telling me about the time she called Darrin in the middle of the night as the arm pain was more than she could stand. (And she was not a complainer.) Darrin came right over and took his mother to the E.R. She could count on you.

And, was she ever proud of the grandchildren and the two greats! Such joy when she talked about them. She absolutely loved them!

We met at SPI and knew each other—but not well. The fun began when we retired and started a bunco group! We all had a great time and Helen was right in the middle of it! She was an exceptional hostess and an awesome cook. We ate well at Helen’s. The last time she hosted we had soup, salad, dessert—no shortcuts for Helen, and this was when she was in considerable pain. She was no quitter!

I remember the wonderful surprise party on her 80th! The family did their Mom proud! Up until 2019, John Pope, Joy Tobin, and I happily celebrated Helen’s birthday and our friendship. Helen was always up for lunch and fun. The last time I saw her was about a year ago when she treated some of us to lunch—we had a party! Thank you, Helen.

COVID-19 took away our times to be with Helen. It makes me sad that her friends were not part of her life during these last eight months. I hope she knew that she was important and not forgotten.

Helen was a kind, generous, thoughtful woman who loved and cherished her family. And such a dear friend. I miss her and am grateful to have known her.

(There are some really great photos from the August birthday celebration on my phone. Just say the word and I will print them for you.)