Helen Bedtelyon

March 14, 1946 - November 1, 2022


Helen M. Bedtelyon (March 14, 1946-November 1, 2022) passed peacefully on November 1, 2022. Helen was residing at 1st Sunshine Park of Kenmore at the time of her death. It is difficult to write an obituary for such a passionate human being. Many people loved and adored Helen. She was a vibrant teacher who inspired generations of students. She passed on her love of literature as well as art, theater, and music. Mere facts cannot tell Helen’s story. She was an adventurer. She moved to Seattle after visiting a college roommate and began a new life. She was the trailblazer for the cousins. We could do anything after Helen had forged the way. I have many memories of trips and adventures with Helen. She shared her love of books, movies, food, and places. And there were many cats in her life. Helen was born in West Branch, Michigan to Louie and Leora Bedtelyon. She lived there until the family moved to Bay City, Michigan. Helen graduated from T.L. Handy High School in 1964. She attended Delta Community College before transferring and graduating from Michigan State University with a B.A. in English and History. She spent her career teaching high school English, first in East Tawas and then at John Glenn High School in Bay City and Lindbergh High School in Renton, Washington. Helen taught at Lindbergh High School for 38 years. She is pre-deceased by her parents and brother, Doug. Her sister, Millie Jackson, lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Thank you to 1st Sunshine Park of Kenmore for caring for her the past four years. Also, thank you to Providence Hospice for care since August. Helen wanted to be cremated. There is no service planned, but I hope you share your memories of her, perhaps read a passage from a piece of literature she taught you or raise a Rusty Nail in her honor. The family requests donations to this Go Fund Me to cover Helen’s final expenses. Any excess will be donated to charity. https://gofund.me/cc1d5d17 

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