November 16, 1928 – December 13, 2016
Helen Mae (Caswell) Johnson passed peacefully into the presence of her Savior on December 13, 2016 at Mt. Bachelor Memory Care in Bend, Oregon. She was 88.
Born on November 16, 1928 in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, to parents Arthur and Ethel Caswell, Helen was joined by sister Rosalie and then brother Wayne. The family lived in Myrtle Creek until 1942 at which time they moved to Salem, Oregon. Helen graduated from Salem Academy, Simpson Bible Institute and then received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Seattle Pacific College. While in college, Helen met and married Vernon Johnson from Vashon, Washington. The two settled in Burien, Washington where they welcomed daughters Doreen and Karen. Both Helen and Vernon were employed by Highline Public Schools where Helen was an elementary teacher for 25 years. Following retirement from teaching, Helen and Vern together enjoyed many years of travel, hiking, grandchildren’s activities, and participation in many church ministries. In 1996, Helen and Vern moved to Bend, Oregon to be closer to daughter Karen and her family. In Bend, they were members of Eastmont Church.
During her last years, Helen dealt courageously with advancing dementia. Initially cared for by her loving husband Vern, she then moved to Mt. Bachelor Memory Care in 2013. Here Helen was excellently cared for by staff members who grew to love her, for which her family is thankful. Throughout her life, Helen was known for her selflessness, grace and infectious smile.
Helen is survived by her husband, Vernon Johnson: sister, Rosalie (Ron) Prante and brother Wayne Caswell. Also surviving Helen are daughters, Doreen (David) Torseth and Karen Smith; grandchildren, Erik (Krista) Torseth, Kara (Dustin) Hamlin, Mark Lyche and Kari Lyche; four great-grandsons and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Helen’s life will be held on February 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Eastmont Church Chapel (upper campus), 62425 Eagle Road, Bend, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shepherd’s House Ministries, P.O. Box 5484, Bend OR 97708.