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Helen Dreher

Helen R Dreher

Thursday, January 12th, 1933 - Sunday, March 8th, 2020
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Helen Rita Dreher entered into eternal rest March 8, 2020 surrounded by loving friends and family at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. She was born January 12, 1933 to William and Elizabeth Allspach in Brighton, Colorado. Helen married her childhood sweetheart, Gilbert Dreher January 24, 1950 in Colorado. They lived most of their married life in Quincy, Washington where he farmed for the Schorzman Brothers. Helen held many jobs through the years including field and orchard work, packing apples, in-home daycare, janitor at the Turf Restaurant, and director of the Quincy Senior Center.

Helen’s home was open to everyone. She would drop whatever she was doing to give someone a ride, share a cup of coffee or play a game of scrabble, unless of course her beloved Chicago Cubs were playing on tv. Spring, summer, and fall found her along the roadside planting flowers and pulling weeds for the Quincy Beautification Committee. Her family was her greatest joy, especially when sharing holidays or birthday parties. Grandma and grandpa’s home and yard were filled with running, laughing grandchildren on a daily basis.

Helen lived her Christian faith by being the hands and feet of Jesus to countless others. She often saw those who might be considered, “the least of these” and made them feel valuable. When you were with her, you knew you were seen, known, and loved. Even in Helen’s last moments when someone walked into her hospital room, she called them by name.

Helen is survived by four children, Donna (Lloyd) Stoess, Tim (Shirley) Dreher, Chris Dreher, and Susie (Gale) Kicha, thirteen grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Gilbert and infant grandson, Tyler Francis Kicha.

The celebration of life service that was scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Memorials may be made in her name to 2nd Harvest Food Bank.

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Scharbach's Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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  • Interment

    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Quincy Valley Cemetery
    Address
    625 F Street SW
    QUINCY, WA 98848
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The celebration of life service that were scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 have been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

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Grace Ogoshi

Posted at 01:23pm
I met Helen when she and my mother, Jane Ogoshi, shared meals together at the same table at The Cambridge Assisted Living. I always loved her pragmatic ways, her sense of decency, her ability to think critically and state the truth, plainly and simply. She was her own person and did not expect anyone else to provide her with that inner fulfillment. She knew what she wanted and needed and always did her best to make sure her needs were met. I remember one conversation in which we were talking about American politics. A new employee approached the table, wanted to be part of the conversation, and when we responded that we were talking about the political situations in our country, the employee made a racist remark referring to President Obama as "that curly-head." Helen did not lose a beat. She looked at her and said, "I don't know what you mean by 'curly head'." If there was a generation that was exposed to polarizing institutional racism/inequality, it would have been Helen's/my mothers. The employee was lost for words, and departed. It was not long after that this employee was no longer at The Cambridge, most likely of her own doings. I admired Helen's sense of fairness, acceptance of people, not by division or affiliation, cross-generational respect, and the guts to stand up for those who could not represent themselves. She never pitied herself, with after-effects of her stroke and she always made me feel like a special guest at the table. it was stimulating to talk to her and the brightness of her eyes would tell you that she was glad to see you. What a special lady. Updates on Chris were always a part of the conversation, and the pride Helen felt about each of her family members and the thankfulness of each of their gracious acts toward her were unprecedented. How lucky I am to have met her acquaintance and glean from her years of experience and wisdom in the brief meal visits that we shared. She will be greatly missed. May each of you family members be comforted with the many gifts of love, caring and sharing that she presented to each of you through her examples, words, and gestures. Grace Ogoshi
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Mary

Posted at 04:16pm
When I was a child I remember going to see Helen often. Such a sweet, big hearted lady. Wish I had caught up with her. Her family has always been good to me, and my kids. The Dreher family is such a wonderful family. She's watching over you now. Much love, Mary
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Darlene Knutson

Posted at 02:21pm
Prayers are with her family, she was truly a wonderful person and a privilege to have known her
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Helen L Myrick

Posted at 02:00pm
I've often thought of Helen over the past years. She has and will be missed! †
She always had a hug for me when I would open the doors each morning at the Turf to let the farmers in.
She never complained after cleaning up from our daily messes in that kitchen.
What a worker bee she was.
She is and was loved. Will remember her fondly.
RIP sweet lady.
Love and Hugs,
Helen L Myrick (Day)

Karen Hand

Posted at 01:08pm
Susie,

Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

Karen Appling Hand
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