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Helen Starks


Helen Starks

Helen M. Starks, 89, passed away on May 14, 2015, at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center, after complications from a stroke. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., May 30th, at the Steptoe Grange Hall.

Helen was born January 30, 1926 at her parents' home outside of Pullman, Washington, on the Wawawai breaks to Bert and Alberta (Marshall) Mansfield. She spent much of her childhood on that farm attending Beauridell School. The family then moved to the Yakima Valley where they lived until Helen's last semester of her senior year at Grandview, Washington. The family then relocated to Goldendale, Washington. After graduation from high school, Helen worked as a waitress, an usher at the local theater, and a retail clerk at Ledbetter's Department Store. On September 15, 1945, Helen married Jack G. Starks. They had two children while residing in Goldendale, Donna and Jack II.

In the winter of 1950, they moved to a farm near Kamiak Butte. Jack farmed and Helen was a stay at home mother until the children were older. She then went to work for the Empire Department Store in Pullman, Washington, and later worked for the Elk Drug Store. Eventually, Helen began working at the then, Whitman Community Hospital, where she retired after 26 years of working in the office.

Her husband, Jack, passed in 1988 and Helen eventually returned to Goldendale, Washington, to reside in 1993. She worked part-time in The General Store and the 98¢ Store both owned by her nieces and nephews. She returned to reside near her daughter in 2006 in Steptoe, Washington.

Helen was a beloved wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She is survived by her children Donna Cooper (Gary) of Steptoe, Jack Starks II; three grandchildren, Errin Cooper Nelson (Scot), Jennifer Starks, Jack Curtis Starks (Cat), and one great-grandchild, Bryce Cobb. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack; sisters Irene, Neva, Willah, Celia, brother Chuck, and her parents.


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