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Helen Holland


Aug. 12, 1967


Oct. 6, 2014

Helen, also known by friends and family as “Scooter,” was little miss independent.  She loved and trusted animals more than people.  Despite her family, she chose to ride and own horses when she was a young girl.  She realized her passion while living in Bremerton, WA. and became Kitsap County “Little Britches Princess.” 

As a young woman she reigned as “Kitsap County Rodeo Queen” and from that day on she “chased the cans and headed for home.” 

After graduating from North Mason High School, in Belfair, she became a Trooper for the Washington State Patrol and was chosen to guard the Governor’s Mansion as a cadet.  Helen was married to Perry and then John.  John and Helen had Josh, her pride and joy.  Scooter became a 4-H leader and inspired countless young people to ride.  Wherever she went she took her entourage with her: friends, son and animals. 

After leaving the State Patrol, Helen married James and opened a tack store in Goldendale. She also drove school bus and semi-trucks. 

You could count on Helen for help anywhere, anytime.  Scooter was impulsive, and loved taking side trips for coffee, ice cream and lunch.  Fun with friends and family was more important than responsibilities that could be done later. Helen recently left Goldendale to marry Fred.  We are going to miss her million dollar smile and laugh. 

A memorial gathering and potluck will be held to honor her life, at the Goldendale Fairgrounds on Nov. 1, from noon to 2 p.m.

Donations can be sent to Umpqua Bank for Josh Holland, Helen’s 20 year old son, a welder, who recently married Mattie and is expecting a child in early December.


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