Helen Rita Dreher entered into eternal rest March 8, 2020 surrounded by loving friends and family at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.
She was born Jan. 12, 1933 to William and Elizabeth Allspach in Brighton, Colo. Helen married her childhood sweetheart, Gilbert Dreher Jan. 24, 1950 in Colorado. They lived most of their married life in Quincy, Wash. where he farmed for the Schorzman Brothers. Helen held many jobs through the years including field and orchard work, packing apples, in-home daycare, janitor at the Turf Restaurant, and director of the Quincy Senior Center.
Helen’s home was open to everyone. She would drop whatever she was doing to give someone a ride, share a cup of coffee or play a game of scrabble, unless of course her beloved Chicago Cubs were playing on TV. Spring, summer and fall found her along the roadside planting flowers and pulling weeds for the Quincy Beautification Committee. Her family was her greatest joy, especially when sharing holidays or birthday parties. Grandma and grandpa’s home and yard were filled with running and laughing grandchildren on a daily basis.
Helen lived her Christian faith by being the hands and feet of Jesus to countless others. She often saw those who might be considered “the least of these,” and made them feel valuable. When you were with her, you knew you were seen, known and loved. Even in Helen’s last moments, when someone walked into her hospital room, she called them by name.
Helen is survived by four children, Donna (Lloyd) Stoess, Tim (Shirley) Dreher, Chris Dreher and Susie (Gale) Kicha, 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert and infant grandson, Tyler Francis Kicha.
Graveside service was held at the Quincy Valley Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com.
Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy is assisting the family with arrangements.