Skyline Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home

4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, OR


Helen Elaine Hall

June 12, 1939June 15, 2020

Helen Elaine Hall was born on June 12, 1939 in Hoquiam WA and passed unexpectedly on June 15, 2020 in Vancouver WA.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents Edward Earl Emerson and Viola Belle Emerson (Grammon), her brother Duane Schrader, and her son Edward. Helen is survived by her husband Sidney Hall, daughter Diane Thurston and her children Sarah and Stephanie; son Michael and his wife Joy and their children Michael and Megan; daughter Suzy Adams and her children Emma and Ethan; and Edward’s son Zachary. Helen is also survived by her great grandchildren Wesley, Ava and Olivia.

Helen married Sidney on November 22, 1958 and after a bit of moving around they settled in a house in North Portland in June 1967 where she resided until her passing. Our wife and mom embraced the art of being a wife, mother, and homemaker masterfully and we are so proud of how well she did. Whether it was cooking for a family of six on a budget, supporting children’s extracurricular activities, maintaining a cozy and vibrant place to call home, or simply putting others first, she did it all. As Helen’s children moved onto their own lives, Helen embraced the art of being a doting grandmother and re-establishing a long deserved social life. Helen worked out at the gym, scrapbooked, was a passionate and voracious reader, embraced the technology of selfies and text messaging, attended a myriad of grandkids’ sporting events and school programs, dined and visited with friends, and walked miles and miles throughout St. Johns and her children’s neighborhoods. Helen was “go go go” in her golden years.

Our wife, mom and grandma had a profoundly positive effect on the lives of her family and many others she met throughout her life. She was always the cheerleader for professional, personal, academic, and athletic achievements for her children and grandchildren. As a mother and a grandmother she was always a phone call away to listen or provide advice. She will truly be missed by all of those she touched.

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” Gaspard Mermillod

“Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever.” Author Unknown


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Patty Jayne

June 30, 2020

It was always a treat to run into Helen at a volleyball match. Her bright smile and energy lit up the gym. It amazed me how she seemed to be aging backwards too, looking younger and more vibrant each time I saw her! Thank you for sharing your wonderful mother with me through volleyball all these years.

Al and Patti Zion

June 29, 2020

Helen was a great sister-in-law to both of us and a super Aunt to Chris and Meredith, supporting us in all are projects and activities. We will all miss her big smile and warm heart.

Diane Thurston

June 29, 2020

For my Mom,

I am deeply, deeply saddened at losing you. I feel utterly lost without you here. I miss our daily talks and texts, the sound of your voice and your laugh; your boundless energy and words of wisdom.

I will miss our weekly visits, lunch dates, tea dates and just those moments of being together. Know that I love you deeply but I’m so grateful for so many memories.

You were the best and we were so blessed to have you in our lives. Until we see you again, rest peacefully and carry our love with you as we will carry yours ❤️

Dan Brewer

June 17, 2020

You are so loved and missed.