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March 26, 1906
April 9, 2009
Jessie "Helen" Marshall, who died April 9 at the age of 103, was a lady who lived a life that was as interesting as it was long.
She was born to William and Laconia Oman on March 26, 1906, in Skip¬anon, Oregon, a town that no longer exists.
Helen was the granddaughter of an Indian princess named Celiast (Helen), daughter of Coboway, chief of the Clatsop Indians.
Helen was left fatherless at the young age of 9.
She attended Kalama High School and Bellingham Normal, where she earned her teaching degree.
She loved to reminisce about her adventures during her first year of teaching in Richey, Montana, around 1928 when the Old West was still alive.
From letters that she wrote to her mother, we learn she sometimes rode to school in a sleigh. Upon arriving, she had to clean the floors and start the fire.
She looked forward to the weekend dances that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.
Helen met Iris Marshall when he delivered milk to her door in the early 1930s. They were married in 1935, living in Sequim for the next 64 years until he died in 1996.
Both were very active in their community.
During many of those years, Helen taught elementary school and is fondly remembered as a no-nonsense but kind teacher by former students. Some of these students are in their 70s and 80s today.
Helen will be remembered as a vivacious lady who loved parties, traveling, square dancing, Irrigation Festival parades, her spoiled dogs, the color pink (how many people own a pink stove?), butterflies, sweets and especially her friends and family.
She is survived by her daughter, Sally Wikstrom; nephew, Chris Oman; grandsons, Danny (Alex), David (Stacy) and Darrell (Katherine); great-grandchildren Whitney Rose, Nathan, Jessica and David.
A private memorial service has been planned for the family.
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