Throughout their lives, this couple has done remarkable work, helping others when often times they themselves were in need. Bill would go to work, leaving the house in the early morning and returning home to take care of various projects around the homestead. During the day, Helen managed the household duties while owning an in home daycare. Money was always tight, balancing the usual family bills plus providing the basic necessitates for their six children often caused additional stress on the family. They instilled values of hard work and to help others who were in need.
Bill and Helen were married for 62 years, until Helen's death on May 17, 2019. Due to health needs, Helen was living in a nursing home while Bill continues to reside in a retirement village just 10 minutes away from his wife. Everyday he would visit her at the nursing home spending hours with his love, while visiting other residents and staff.
A Crafty Couple!
Both Bill and Helen have made things with their hands for years. Helen would spend hours sewing dresses, quilting blankets, along with other various sewing projects. She taught Ronn how to sew one year; in which they made Christmas stockings for the entire family. Helen loved to make dresses for granddaughters and even made bridesmaid dresses for family weddings. Bill would spend hours in his "Wood Shop" making various furniture items, turning wood bowls and more recently making children toys.
Every week at Helen's nursing home they would have "Craft Time." Bill would take the wood toys that he made and allowed the residents to hand painted the toys. All of the wood toys were then carefully inspected by Bill to "meet his standards" and then given away to local children in need. Bill has a stockpile of wooden toys in his van, just in case he sees a child that would like one of his handcrafted toys. Bill has donated some of the toys to the local sheriff's office, for patrol officers to handout. Bill has donated toys to various organizations from Native American Reservations and children in Africa.
What a legacy! Bill and Helen have made a difference in people's lives; helping to create a better world of peace and love.
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