Helen Marie Oliphant

August 5, 1946November 17, 2018

Helen was born in Germany on August 5, 1946 and passed away in Spokane, WA.

Her soul mate and husband Raus were married on March 5th 1967. She gave birth to the joy of her life Derrick Oliphant January 19th 1979. From The moment he was born she dedicated herself to being his champion.

Helen was avid gardener. She enjoyed taking long car drives and taking walks in the neighborhood. She enjoyed spending time with family & friends, most notably traveling with her husband Raus. Helen was a self-starter who wasn’t afraid to take chances. Her life revolved around Raus & her family. She is survived by her husband Raus Oliphant, son, Derrick Oliphant, sister, Kris Rozinka, brothers, Andy Kuchtyn, Dan Kuchtyn, Rick Kuchtyn. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her parents.

She will be remembered by the words she always shared with others, “Don’t cherish (things) because (things) can be replaced, but rather cherish “people” because they cannot.

In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Gonzaga Preparatory School or Saint Mary’s Church.


  • American Cancer Society


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, December 1, 2018

Helen Marie Oliphant

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Mark & Julie Kuchtyn

November 28, 2018

We have fond memories of visiting Aunt Helen & always felt so welcomed into her home. Our children have enjoyed our visits with Helen & Raus who have always shown interest in hearing of their current endeavors. We will miss Helen greatly. We are keeping Raus & family in our prayers.

Maria Severson

November 21, 2018

Helen, You re like a sister to me, I will missed you so!!!You are always cheerful, every time we are together. Jim always enjoyed seeing you and Raus every time he comes through Spokane with the big truck! It breaks my heart that you are gone, I will always cherished your memory! I love you!

Maria Severson and Jim too

Cindy Gow

November 21, 2018

Aunt Helen, you will be missed. You could make anyone feel special and welcome. Upon arriving to the house she made a home, there was always a warm smile to greet you before you even got out of your car with a warm hug soon to follow.

She definitely showed her love by caring for those around her no matter the amount of time they stayed. We always left with care packages of cookies and treats to keep us smiling along the rest of our journey. As she always had with my brothers and myself, she generously spoiled my kids whenever we visited. Bella still remembers receiving an early Easter basket full of goodies from Helen one year. She was ecstatic to get such an unexpected surprise and she showed everyone we came in contact with for the next week. That was the highlight of our trip.

I will always remember her with that same warm smile on her face because she never seemed to be without it.

You'll be missed, Aunt Helen.


Andy & Debbi Kuchtyn

November 21, 2018

Helen's house was always open for all. The smell of coffee woke you with delicious waffles soon to follow. Her generosity was well known by all.
We will miss visiting her and being surrounded by her welcoming spirit.
Andy & Deb