Helen Jane Endres: Oct. 20, 1923 – Oct. 22, 2019

Family of Helen Jane Endres wishes to share her passing on October 22, 2019 just two days after celebrating her 96th birthday.

Born October 20th 1923 to Rita (Trumbull) and George Mitchell, Helen grew up in the Latona neighborhood (today known as Northlake) in Seattle Washington and attended Ballard High School. Her Father was a Seattle Policeman, number 55. At the age of 17 she married Charles W. Endres (predeceased) and raised six children. Together they share eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

During World War ll Helen joined with the more than 310,000 women representing the Aviation Industry’s iconic image of the working woman, the bandana wearing “Rosie the Riveter” clan. Later in 1947 she and her husband Charles, (Chuck) would discover Whidbey Island, and in 1958 made Maxwelton Beach their home for many years to follow. She became an operator for the early South Whidbey phone company, back in the days when phones hung on walls and prefix’s like (EV)ergreen and “party” lines were common. She was involved in the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Birthday Club known as Saggers. She loved spending extended periods of time in Hawaii and in the Palm Springs area.

In addition to her many island friends, Helen will be remembered by her children: Tom and wife Juel of Edmonds WA, Gary of Palm Springs CA, Debbie of Langley WA, Steven of Palm Springs CA, Kimberly of Freeland WA, Scott of Clinton WA, as well as her grand children and their children.

A remembrance of her life will be held Sunday November 17th 1p.m. at Freeland Hall. 1515 E. Shoreview Dr. Freeland, WA.

The family gratefully requests that any donations in her name be made to Enso House.

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