Helen was born on September 19, 1939 in Weiser, Idaho, to Fay and Laurena (Elliot) Wood. Shortly after her birth she and her family moved to Portland. Helen graduated from Grant High School in Portland. After graduation she enlisted in the U.S. Navy, which was not very common for young ladies in that day. Following an honorable discharge she returned to Portland for a short time before meeting and marrying LaVere "Bud" Howard of Prineville, who survives her. She then moved to Prineville which would be her home for the remainder of her life.
Helen is remembered for her sweet and loving disposition. She enjoyed numerous hobbies including skydiving, riding horses, hunting and enjoying quiet times reading her Bible. She will be missed by her many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include: Her husband Bud; her mother and step father Laurena and Merle Hanset of Portland; daughter and son-in-law Laurie and Latti Rose of Lovelock, Nev., daughter and son-in-law Patty and Kenny Walter of Prineville; son and daughter-in-law Eddy and Tonya Howard of Prineville; son Brian Howard of Portland; daughter and son-in-law Terry and David Wood of Prineville, daughter and son-in-law Mitzi and Wayne Thomasson of Prineville, daughter and son-in-law LuAnne and Rick Schubert of Nampa, Idaho, daughter and son- in-law Starla and Gary Coning of Spokane, Wash., daughter and son-in-law Chiara and Hank Baxter of Prineville; one brother and sister-in-law Jim and Dee Hanset of Portland; and one sister and brother-in-law Donna and Dean Klimper. Twenty-six grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren also survive Helen. She was preceded in death by her daughter Kathy Black, son Steve Howard and grandson Latti Rose Jr.
Memorial contributions can be made to any chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Funeral arrangements are by Prineville Funeral Home.