July 20, 1940 – Aug. 8, 2012
A celebration of life will be held for Helen Marie Johnson, 72, of Coos Bay, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the South Coast Hospice Bereavement Center, 1620 Thompson Road in Coos Bay with chaplain John Sheese presiding. Private cremation rites were held at Ocean View Memory Gardens in Coos Bay with a private family inurnment to take place at a later date at Norway Cemetery in Myrtle Point.
Helen was born July 20, 1940, in Coquille to Ukly Lee Flood and Annie “Evalena” (Pratt) Flood. She passed away peacefully Aug. 8, 2012, at her home in Coos Bay, surrounded by her loving family.
Helen graduated from Myrtle Point High School, Class of 1958 and earned an Associates of Science from Southwestern Oregon Community College in June 1975. She helped open the Coos Bay Kmart store in 1978, later retiring after 20 years of service. She also worked at Cyber Rep in North Bend, as well as Green Thumb in Coos Bay. She was a member of the Coos Bay Eagles Lodge and Friends of the Coos Bay Library. She was involved with the annual beach cleanup efforts and was an active performer in the Sawdust Theatre plays held in Coquille. She loved to read “a good mystery,” and enjoyed gardening, charcoal sketching, oil painting, ceramics, cooking and crossword puzzles.
Helen is survived by son, Clayton Ashbaugh and his wife, Lila of Coos Bay; son, Gary Johnson of Hauser; daughter, Kimberly McKinley of Portland; daughter, Teresa Taylor and her husband, Richard of Coos Bay; daughter, Rhonda Loewen and her husband, Ron of Scio; daughter, Karen Dalton of Coos Bay; grandchildren, Amanda, Leanna, Cossondra, Patrick, Larissa, Nathan, Jordan, Jason, Jeremy, Natasha, Christopher, Erin, Vanessa, Kirby, Anneber and Ronald; great-grandchildren, Madeline, Anna Jo, Noah, Christopher, Madison, Ryan, Jack, and two more on the way; and her special Australian family, the Lucks, and her girls Marie and Crystal.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Ukly and Evalena Flood; brother, James Nelson Flood; sister, Laura Hazel Flood; beloved daughter, Berlinda Mae Johnson; grandsons, Michael Allen Summers and Matthew James Summers; nephew, Michael Flood; and her cat, Zeek.
Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.
Memorial contributions may be made to a local library of choice or to South Coast Hospice, 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420.