July 28, 1927 – Jan. 23, 2018
A private inurnment for Helen Johnston Kintner, 90, of North Bend was held at Rest-Haven Memorial Park in Eugene. Private cremation rites were held at Ocean View Memory Gardens in Coos Bay.
She was born Helen Elaine McFetridge July 28, 1927, in Dallas, Oregon to Archibald and Eliza (Bessie) McFetridge. Selfless, sweet, and tenderhearted to the end, she passed away peacefully at home with family at her side Jan. 23, 2018.
Helen married Richard Johnston June 21, 1953. They had five daughters, whom they raised in Newport, in a home filled with music, laughter, warmth, and the smell of homemade bread. After Dick’s death, in 1999, Helen married Dr. Marion Kintner, who passed away December 2016.
Helen was a brilliant pianist, musician, director, and teacher whose compositions and arrangements touched and inspired those who heard her music. She was fiercely devoted to her family and her faith in Jesus, becoming a counselor, mentor, and mom to the myriad of young people she fed, loved, and welcomed into her home and heart. Her generosity of time, energy, and talents enriched hundreds, if not thousands, of lives.
She was treasured, admired, and adored by those who knew her, and especially by her five girls and their families, who feel so honored to have been hers.
Helen is survived by daughters, Cammy Nye of North Bend, Julie and Barry Vogel of Sacramento, Calif., Cindy and Tony Favreau of Eugene, Nanette and Rick Stevens of North Bend, and Suzanne and Greg Mulkey of Coos Bay; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Surely Helen is directing choirs of angels at this very moment, and she has undoubtedly given Dick a solo.
Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.