August 27, 1917 - November 14, 2017
Helen Erickson Tweedy passed away peacefully November 14, 2017. She was born August 27, 1917 in Sioux City, Iowa to Scandinavian parents. Growing up during the Great Depression, Helen and her siblings were taught to be well educated and prepared for the unknowns of the future. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a major in economics and earned a second degree from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Her scholarship to Johns Hopkins was awarded to those who would commit to the Cadet Nurse Corps and entry in the military. Ironically, just as Helen was graduating, WWII ended. She was eager to travel, so she took a job as a nurse with Arabian American Oil Company in Saudi Arabia. In 1946 Helen met, and two years later, married Lawrence (Larry) Tweedy who was also working for Aramco. In 1951 Helen and Larry returned to the USA and bought their first home on a 50-acre tract in the beautiful Applegate Valley where they raised their four sons. Besides being a mother and homemaker, Helen worked as an RN in the hospital and the Medford Clinic. She spent the last 15 years of her career as the director of nursing and then the administrator of the Hearthstone Nursing Facility in Medford.
Helen, an avid reader, enjoyed swimming and playing tennis as well as traveling with Larry in their retirement years. Larry and Helen were married 60 years. After Larry’s death in 2009, Helen moved to the Seattle area to be closer to family. She is survived by her four sons and their spouses, Charles (Dianne), Scott (Ruth), Bob (Jill), and Jim (Denice); seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In August 2017, the entire family came together to celebrate Helen’s 100th birthday with her.