MILWAUKIE, Ore. — Myrtle Johnson Helm went to meet her Lord on Aug. 31, 2012, after living quite independently for 103 full years.
Funeral service will be on Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Holman-Hankins Funeral Home in Oregon City, Ore. Cremation will take place, with committal at a later date in Sidney, Mont.
Myrtle was born to Richard and Nellie Meyer in Lake City, Minn., on June 25, 1909. She was raised in a German speaking neighborhood and went to German Lutheran church services as well as being confirmed in German. She married Douglas Walter Johnson Nov. 23, 1930, in Wahpeton, N. D. Myrtle and Doug enjoyed nearly 32 years residing in North Dakota, California, and Montana. They raised four children: Beverly Jobin of Sequim, Wash., Dale (Gladys) of Hudson, Wis., Douglas (Pamela) of Billings, and Cheryl (Mark) Nelson of Milwaukie, Ore., who all cherished her and celebrate her life today. She is survived by eight grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and two great - great granddaughters. After 12 years of independent living as Mother and ceramics instructor, Myrtle married Oscar Helm. They resided together in Mesa, Ariz. The last nine years of her life she moved to the Springs in Milwaukie, Ore., to be close to her daughter Cheryl and family. Myrtle so enjoyed traveling, especially the annual cruise with her children and their spouses the last few years. Myrtle is proceeded in death by her husbands, Douglas W. Johnson and Oscar Helm; two grandsons, Mark Steinley and Troy Johnson; son-in-law Andre Jobin; and sister, Laura Houge. She is survived also by brother-in-law, J Harry Johnson of Sidney, Mont.; and several nieces and nephew in the Wahpeton, N.D., area.
Memorials may be sent to The Lutheran Hour or Hospice.