Helen Trowbridge, 90 of Williston, North Dakota, passed away Tuesday night, June 13, 2017 at the Bethel Lutheran Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Williston.
Helen Louise (Henry) Trowbridge left this world to join her beloved Ronnie on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. She was born on September 6, 1926 to George and Fannie (Overstreet) Henry at home in rural Alexander, ND. She attended rural school until entering high school in Alexander where she graduated with the Class of 1944. Following graduation, she traveled to Arlington, VA and worked the summer months in the War Department at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. In September of 1944, she returned to North Dakota and joined the Cadet Nurse Corp. Her training took her to Devils Lake, Williston and Minneapolis, MN. In 1947, she graduated from Devils Lake Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. Helen worked the next 36 years at Mercy Hospital in Williston, retiring in April of 1984. She will be remembered by many in this community as the fixture at the hospital that delivered care over the years, the true “care giver” of all. For her whole life she “nursed” her family, friends and community.
On September 19, 1947, she married her best friend and soul mate, Roland “Ronnie” Trowbridge. Their love grew every single day for their 67 years of marriage. They truly cherished each other and were partners in every way. A working mother at a time when mothers stayed at home, Helen still, with Ronnie’s help, managed to make the most loving, safe and joyful home for their family. Values of honesty, empathy, courage, loyalty, generosity, kindness, patience, dependability and most of all love are the legacy she left for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Helen and Ronnie enjoyed their retirement years, taking 16 bus tours of the USA from Alaska to Florida and California to DC. They volunteered (again caring for others) at the Williston Senior Center, delivering Meals on Wheels for 20 years. She was a lifetime member of Faith United Methodist Church where she was baptized, confirmed and married. Helen and Ronnie were the greatest of grandparent fans, attending sporting events from hockey, softball, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball and swimming with all of their grandchildren.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Brenda Beyer (Bryan) of Minot and their children, Marc (Nikki), Jay (Jennie) and Scott Beyer; sons, Larry Trowbridge of Williston and his children, Keliann McDonald (Scott), Kaleb, Karsch (Kayla), Kyle Byre (Erin); Byron Trowbridge (Alina) of Williston and their children, Mathew Oleksik (Trista), Agnes, Joanna, Anna, John, Jacob and Sarah; Curtis Trowbridge (Jody) of West Fargo and their children, Brynna Grimestad (Mike), Carly Wehner (Brandon) and Kevin Trowbridge (Danielle); 18 great-grandchildren, Tory, Alexx, Emma, Anna, Laken, Paisley, Owen, Nora, Ayla, Nolan, Maya, Baylee, Dilynn, Dallas, Joey, Grant, Blaise, Landon and 2 more on the way, Charlotte and Kayson; sisters, Mary of Watford City and Genie of Billings, Montana; sister-in-law, Jeanie Trowbridge and numerous loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
Preceding Helen in death were her husband of 67 years, Ronnie; her parents; brother, Lawrence “Pat” Henry (Peggy); sister, Alta Hannah; brothers-in-law, Elwood “Woody” Hannah, Glenn Hall and Ford Sims; and grandson, Jeff Beyer.
Now it is time to rest, mom. Give dad a big hug and we will see you both when our time comes.
The Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home is caring for the family.