Helen R. Tuttle
She was born Jan. 26, 1940, in Manistique, Mich., the daughter of Ovid and Jennie (Archey) Swisher. Helen attended grade school in Germfask and high school in Newberry, Mich.
On Aug. 2, 2009, she married Jim Tuttle. Jim preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 2011.
Helen spent the greater part of her life in Oregon, where she raised her family. She worked for many years as a supervisor of housekeeping in various hospitals.
She loved quilting and knitting. Her children remember fondly wearing many knitted scarves and hats, made with mom’s loving hands, while they were growing up. Helen will always be remembered for her special handmade knitted Easter chickens she made for family and friends.
Helen is survived by her children, Mallory Sump and Roger Sump both of Oregon, David Sump of Germfask, Clayton Sump of Japan, Victoria Everett of Alabama, Rose Rowlette of Germfask and Ellena Forbus of Oregon; Nine grandchildren; 13 greatgrandchildren; sisters, Jennie Latch and Barb Mannlein; brothers, Andy, Larry, and Reuben Swisher.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Duane Sump; and three brothers.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, at Grace Lutheran Church in Germfask, with Rev. Arthur Bode officiating.
Burial will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Germfask.
Following the service a potluck will be held at the Germfask Community Center.
Messier-Broullire Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.