Helen Marie (Bergstrom) Clouston
November 4, 1914 – January 13, 2019
Despite suspicions she might outlive us all, Helen Marie Bergstrom Clouston passed into Life Eternal on January 13th, 2019, at the age of 104. She was born in Plaza, North Dakota, then after her mother died when she was four, Helen grew up with her grandmother in Moorhead, MN, then back to her father’s farm in Plaza, excelling in her studies and playing on the girls basketball team. Helen taught at the Plaza schoolhouse before she married high-school sweetheart Palmer Clouston in 1936, then they drove their old Oakland car packed to the gills, camping along the way, to a new life starting in Seattle. Helen & Palmer eventually found their way into real estate as Seattle was expanding. They owned Colegrove’s Restaurant in Edmonds in the 1950s, and ran Edmonds Travel for years with Jane Dontos, while extensively traveling the world, riding horses with the King County Sheriffs’ Posse, and hosting countless parties in the home they built in Woodway Park. After Palmer passed away in 1982, Helen continued enjoying life, traveling the world with friends and family, including touring the Canadian Rockies after reaching triple digits.
She is survived by her children Carol Hansen (Doug), Diane Peterson, and Monte Clouston (Brenda), 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a world of friends, who will all miss her century of stories, her ability to keep looking forward, her sense of fun with mischievous grin, and her feisty spirit.
A Memorial service will be held at noon on Monday, January 21st at Beck’s Tribute Center, 405 Fifth Ave S, Edmonds, WA 98020, with a reception at 2pm at the Edmonds Yacht Club, 326 Admiral Way, Edmonds, WA 98920. There will be a Private family Committal held at Acacia Memorial Park, in Seattle, WA.
Donations may be sent to Medical Teams International, P. O. Box 10, Portland, OR 97207, and you may enjoy watching your children play in Edmonds Park while sitting on the bench in honor of Palmer & Helen Clouston.