Oct. 6, 1929 - May 10, 2012
Helen Margaret Wortman was born October 6, 1929, in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of Sidney and Henrietta Shaw. She passed away on May 10, 2012, in Florence, Oregon. She was raised in Portland and graduated from Holy Redeemer Catholic School, St. Mary's Academy, and Marylhurst College.
She was united in marriage to Kenneth Wortman on November 22, 1952. Following their marriage, they moved to Redmond, Oregon, for a short time before relocating to Hillsboro, Oregon. Helen was active as a homemaker and mother in addition to serving as the organist at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Hillsboro for many years. In 1973, Helen and Ken moved to Bend, Oregon, where she took up oil painting, a hobby she loved. In order to be closer to their children and grandchildren, they moved to Florence, Oregon, in 1995.
Helen was a deeply religious woman and shared her faith at St. Marys, Our Lady of the Dunes, in Florence. It was that faith and her love of life that she shared with her family. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends and remembered always.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ken Wortman of Florence, Oregon; her daughter and son-in-law, Candace and James Golden of Toledo, Oregon; and her daughter, Kathleen Shaw of Ocean Park, Washington. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Kate (David) Jackman of Depoe Bay, Oregon; David, Matthew, Melissa, and Christine Golden, all of Toledo, Oregon.
There will be a funeral mass at St. Marys, Our Lady of the Dunes, in Florence on Thursday, May 31, at 12:00 p.m. St. Marys is located at 85060 Hwy 101, Florence, Oregon, south of the Florence Bridge.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice or The Alzheimers Foundation of America, 866-AFA-8484.
Services entrusted into the care of Affordable Burial & Cremation Co.
Helen Margaret Wortman