Helen Edgell Riker Midgett Smith
Helen passed away peacefully at her home in Sherwood, Ore. on November 24, 2018 after turning 103 on her birthday September 25, 2018. My sister, Sharyn and her children, came from California to celebrate. Helen lived with her daughter, Lee Johnson and her husband, Chuck. Their daughter and son-in-law live close where they were able to help with Helen's care. Helen's 3 husbands preceded her in death.
Helen was born in Akron, Ohio to Cyrus and Sylvia Edgell, but because of health issues moved to the mountains in Denver, CO. where they raised Helen and her 3 brothers.
She moved to southern California after her first husband, Bill Riker died. She soon fell in love with Ellis Midgett who had two children, Sharyn and Ken. After Ellis retired, they bought property in Hemet, Calif. where they were able to swim every day, walk, dance and lawn bowl. It was a very sad day when Ellis died of cancer. Her last husband, Leonard Smith, saw her lawn bowling and instantly fell in love but once again she lost him to cancer. They enjoyed traveling and camping and visiting with the children in Calif. and Oregon.
When Helen turned 80, she decided to move to Sherwood, Ore. to be close to Lee, Chuck and their children and go to the beach and live theater. She has always been active in the Methodist church and loved the ladies group that met monthly for lunch.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Lee Johnson and husband, Chuck; daughter, Sharyn Stoddard; and daughter-in-law, Linda Midgett; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great- grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of life this summer at Cannon Beach, Oregon.