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Helen Harrell

Posted: Thursday, Dec 6th, 2012


Helen Harrell


Helen Harrell, 79, of Newport, Ore., died Dec. 3, 2012 at her home.

She was born July 20, 1933 to James and Marguerite Dunn in Joliet, Ill. In 1951, Helen graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland, Ore., and on Jan. 31, 1953, she married Richard Harrell.

Helen led the Rose Parade and was the first place drum majorette in 1949, 1950, and 1951. She was an office manager, raised four children and most recently ran the front greeters desk at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport for more than 10 years.

Helen liked working with dried and silk flower arrangements, was an avid reader, and loved cooking, especially for her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Richard Harrell.

She is survived by her sons, Stephen (Diane) Harrell, Michael Harrell and Jeffrey Harrell; daughter, Debra Harrell; sister, Betty Davis; and grandchildren, Joshua Harrell, Nicholas Harrell, Kalinda Carnahan, Gabriel Harrell, Chelsey Harrell, Kristopher Harrell and Craig Harrell.

A visitation was held Thursday, Dec. 6, at Bateman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Bateman Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem.

Bateman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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