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Helen Straight

Helen Marjorie Dasbach Straight passed away peacefully June 18, 2013, four days after her 92nd birthday and the day before her 70th wedding anniversary, in Grass Valley, Calif., surrounded by her family.

Helen was born on June 14, 1921, to Leonard “Dash” and Gladys Dasbach in Monterey, Calif., and grew up there. She attended San Jose State University where she met the love of her life, Larry Straight. They were married June 19, 1943, the day after Helen graduated from San Jose State near the top of her class with a bachelor’s degree in education. Larry was in the Army Air Force, so their first married home was at the air base in La Junta, Colo., where he was stationed. After the war they settled in the Los Angeles area. Helen taught third grade in the Glendora Unified School District. After the birth of her third child in 1956, she substituted for a time, then taught eighth grade social studies at Goddard Junior High for almost 25 years. During that time, she completed a master’s degree in education at Pepperdine University. She was active in community service: she was past president of the Covina Lioness Club, on the board of directors of the Visiting Nurses Association and organized and directed the learning center for the San Gabriel Valley Assistance League. She received a Melvin Jones Fellow award, a top honor from the Lions Club, for her service. In 1981 Helen retired, and after Larry served as mayor of Covina, they moved to Lake of the Pines in Auburn.

Helen is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Larry Straight; her son, Michael Straight and daughter-in-law, Nora Thurmond of Grass Valley, Calif.; her son, David Straight of Windsor, Calif.; her granddaughter, Kerry Woodhouse of North Highlands, Calif.; her four great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Hal Dasbach; and her daughter, Laurie Sullivan.

A memorial mass will be 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 11600 Atwood Road, in Auburn, Calif. A reception will follow at Higgins Diggins Lions Club, Roy Peterson Building, 22490 E. Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley, Calif. (just east of Lake of the Pines).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Helen’s name to the Lions Clubs International Foundation.


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