OBITUARY

Mrs. Helen Virginia Anderson Akerill

August 13, 1920September 23, 2010

Helen Virginia Anderson Akerill passed away Sept. 23, 2010 in Vancouver, WA. She was born in Seattle, WA on Aug. 13, 1920 to Alfred and Helen ( Larson) Anderson.

Helen graduated from Olympia High School and later from Central Washington University. In 1943 she married Milton S. Akerill and they had four daughters together, Kathryn (Jerry) Christian, Christina (Bob) Horning, Corinne Akerill (Jim Schumock) and Gwen (Scott) Lowe. Milton died in 1962 and in 1968 she married Milton's cousin, Frank Akerill, who also preceded her in death.

Helen taught first grade in the following Washington schools: Granite Falls, Manson, Lower Naches, and Washougal. She was active in the Genealogy Society and Beekeepers of Southwest Washington. In addition to her daughters she is survived by her step-sons, Phillip, Jerry, Ken, and Frank Akerill; 21 grandchildren; and 12 great-grand children. She was preceded in death by two grandsons.

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 2, at Terrace Heights Memorial Park, Yakima, WA. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the American Lung Association or Hospice.

Arrangements under the direction of Vancouver Funeral Chapel, Vancouver, WA.

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Mrs. Helen Virginia Anderson Akerill

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Sarah Brown

October 11, 2010

October 1, 2010

OCTOBER 1, 2010
GWEN, CORRINE, KATHY, CHRIS, PHILLIP & JERRY:
YOUR MOTHER WAS A SPECIAL PERSON. SHE LOVED HER FAMILY AND SPOKE OF YOU OFTEN. IF YOU WENT ON A TRIP SHE KNEW ALL ABOUT IT. SHE LOVED HER PARENTS. AS AN ONLY CHILD SHE WAS CLOSE TO HER FATHER FOR HE USED TO TAKE HER PLACES.
SHE WAS AN INTELLIGENT PERSON WITH A GOOD MEMORY OF ESPECIALLY THE PAST. SHE ALWAYS HAD INTERESTING STORIES TO TELL. SHE NEVER WANTED TO BE A BURDEN ON ANYONE. I HAD TO CALL HER FOR WHATEVER SHE WANTED ME TO PICK UP AT THE STORE FOR SHE NEVER WANTED TO BE AN INCONVENIENCE TO ANYONE. SHE WOULD SAVE ME HER COUPONS SO I COULD SAVE HER A DOLLAR OR TWO. SHE HAD A HARD TIME MATCHING HER CLOTHES AND HAD A GOOD SYSTEM WHERE EVERYTHING MATCHED WHETHER IT WAS HER BLOUSE, SLACKS, SHOES OR EARRINGS. SHE ALWAYS LOOKED BEAUTIFUL. SHE ENJOYED THE E-MAILS THAT SHE GOT OFTEN.

I WILL MISS HER DEARLY BUT WILL REMEMBER THE FUN TIMES WE SHARED EACH MONTH. SHE LEAVES BEHIND A FINE POSTERITY. SHE WAS PROUD OF ALL OF YOU AND WHAT YOU'VE DONE IN YOUR LIFE. MAKE HER PROUD. TALK ABOUT HER OFTEN WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND WITH EACH OTHER. KEEP HER MEMORY ALIVE.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL AS YOU HEAL FROM YOUR LOSS.

LOVE AND ALOHA!
CARLEEN T. YAMASHITA
HER VISITING TEACHER/FRIEND FOR 9 YEARS

September 29, 2010

Dear Kathryn,
I am sorry to learn that your Mom has died. Our Moms are so important to us and it is so hard to lose them.
I am thinking of you and your family and want to extend my sympathy to all of you at this sad time.

Claudia Frantsvog Burnett

Chris Horning

September 25, 2010

Mom was a mentor to me in many ways, She helped me from the first day I taught school until I retired. She was always there to listen and give encouragement. Even as the classrooms changed over the years she had ideas and opinions of ways to work with the students and the families. She was also a roll model for being a mom and I admire her success. She lived a great life and had many wonderful adventures. May we all live so long!

FROM THE FAMILY