Helen Rosamond Russell Hitchcock Nelson passed away at Shasta View Care Facility in Weed on March 3, 2009.
Helen was born in Weed at the Griffin Ranch January 9, 1915 to Byron Nahum and Anna Hutchins Russell.
At age 10, Helen and family moved to Yreka where they built a home and service station. Helen worked in the service station during the depression. She graduated from Yreka High School in 1933.
Helen married Johnnie W. Hitchcock November 9, 1935 at the family home. They made their home in McCloud, then moved to Eureka in 1943 and Yreka in 1945. Helen and Johnnie had four children. Sadly, Johnnie died in 1958.
Helen married Oscar Norman Nelson, a friend of hers for 30 years, October 26, 1963 in McCloud. She worked part-time at the McCloud Library and was a correspondent for the Mount Shasta Herald. Upon Oscar’s retirement in 1972, they moved to Yreka.
Helen was a loving person whose home was always open. She was a member of Hope Rebekah Lodge No. 33; Siskiyou Ladies Encampment Auxiliary; Neighbors of Woodcraft; and the Siskiyou County Historical Society. She was president of Yreka Elementary School PTA and McCloud Fireman’s Association; and secretary for Yreka Union High School PTA.
She volunteered for Siskiyou General Hospital, Fairchild Medical Center and Erwin Memorial Blood Bank. Helen taught the Merrie Miss class for the LDS Church for 10 years.
Survivors include her children, David Russell (Connie) Hitchcock of Shasta Lake City, Louise (Keith) Pimentel of Weed, Paul “Buckshot” (Kim) Hitchcock of Vernal, Utah, and Mary Hanon of Yreka; two stepchildren, Judy Fornero of Redding and Penny Melvin of Sacramento; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many “acquired” children and grandchildren who all loved her dearly.
She was preceded in death by both her husbands; a stepson, son-in-law and granddaughter.
A memorial service was held March 11 at 2 p.m. at Girdner Funeral Chapel in Yreka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.