Helen Marie Bollen
A service for former Sequim resident Helen Marie Bollen will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 11, 2011, at Oak Harbor Christian Reformed Church, 1411 Wieldraayer, Rd, Oak Harbor She died Oct. 26, 2011, at the age of 77.
She was born May 21, 1934, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Raymond and Leonora Marie DeVincenzi.
She married Jack Ray Bollen on Aug. 24, 1955, in Hollywood, Calif.
Helen and Jack raised their family in Hacienda Heights, Calif. Helen served in the Hacienda Heights Christian Church as secretary, Sunday school teacher, children’s choir director and host of a home Bible Study.
During this time, she was also employed as a freelance court transcriber and secretary at Cal Poly Pomona.
They lived briefly in Iran, immediately prior to the overthrow of the Shah. They then moved to Fairfax County, Va., where she worked as a secretary at TRW.
She attended Calvary Christian Church and served there as children’s choir director and host of a home Bible study.
The next move was to Lawndale, Calif., where Helen worked as an executive secretary at TRW. She served in the University Christian Church, where she also helped lead home Bible studies.
Helen and Jack then made their retirement home in Sequim, where they served in the Dungeness Community Church, leading and participating in Sunday and weekday Bible classes, missions committee and visiting new members.
Following Jack’s death in 2004, Helen moved to Whidbey Island to be closer to family. She continued to be faithful in attending church and Bible studies through Christ the King churches in Oak Harbor and Coupeville.
Helen is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Greg and Ginette Bollen of Malaga, Spain, and Dave and Michelle Bollen of Grass Valley, Calif.; daughters and sons-in-law Laurel and Randy Jew of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Ann and Don Jaques of Oak Harbor; sister Nancy Lindgren of Placerville, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to Frontiers: www.frontierusa.org/site/PageNavigators/give/give; or to the National Parkinson’s Foundation: www.parkinson.org. Family and friends are encourage to visit http://whidbeymemorial.com where they may share memories and extend condolences.