Feb. 1938 – March 2018

Escalon Times - - NEWS -

As life would hap­pen, a fall brought the dif­fi­cult end to a won­der­ful life here on earth. He­len’s fond­est mem­o­ries are the times spent grow­ing up with her cousins, Dorothy Dierke Ayres, John Dierke, Jim Dierke and David Dierke, in San Francisco and Se­bastopol. At an early age He­len learned to play the piano. Her love of travel led her to Europe, Hawaii, Aus­tralia, Alaska and Mex­ico. She loved to gar­den, paint and care for her three dogs Na­cho, Peanut and Juju Bee. He­len was also a vol­un­teer at the lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

He­len re­ceived her Reg­is­tered Nurs­ing de­gree from Chabot Col­lege in the East Bay. The love and com­pas­sion for the el­derly led her to con­va­les­cent care in the East Bay area of Cal­i­for­nia. He­len re­tired from the med­i­cal field as The Di­rec­tor of Nurs­ing. A decade ago she be­came a mem­ber of the Escalon, Cal­i­for­nia Chris­tian Reformed Church.

He­len was pre­ceded in death by the love of her life, Casey Jones, her son David Ellis, and par­ents Dr. Ge­orge and He­len Ar­vo­nen. Her Un­cle and Aunt James and Dorothy Dierke and Dr. Eugene and In­grid Skel­ley. He­len’s sur­vivors in­clude her brother Dr. Paul and Lor­raine Ar­vo­nen of Chico, CA., daugh­ters Tina Ellis of Val­ley Springs, Ca., Jackie (Derek) Ge­orge of Oak­dale, Ca., Dawn Jones and Kelly Weller of Spring, Texas, Ja­nis Ross of Spring­field, Ore­gon, Karen Jones of Texas, her grand­chil­dren Feli­cia Bridges, Christina Krup­sky, Jamie Van­derSchaaf, Jes­sica Van Vliet, Evan Ken­drick, Bran­don Ge­orge, Karin Neely, James Weller, Christo­pher Ross, Matthew Ross, Joshua Sim­mons, Johnathan Ellis, Jorgina Te­les, Jas­mine Jenk­ins and 20 great grand­chil­dren, as well as, her nieces, neph­ews, cousins and her “Sis” Delia (Ra­mon) Esslinger. He­len would want all of you to: Cher­ish Yes­ter­day, Dream To­mor­row, Live To­day. A cel­e­bra­tion of her life to be sched­uled at a later date.

“To live in the hearts of those who love you is not to die.” The Escalon (Calif.) Times

May 9, 2018

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