Helen Botnarescue

Obituary of Helen C. Botnarescue

Helen Botnarescue went peacefully to her "forever home" May 20, 2020. She was born Helen Chase in 1927 in Medford, MA. She met her first husband,  Ken Meyer, in college at Denison University. They had five children, two of whom predeceased them: Tom and Kathy. She raised five children while working full time as a teacher and earning her PhD. Helen became a full professor at CA State University, East Bay. She coauthored a very successful text. Helen traveled extensively both domestically and internationally, including a missionary stint in Vietnam. Some European travel was with her second husband, Vlad Botnarescue, before his death. After retirement, Helen moved to Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community in Keizer, Oregon. Helen was ever curious with a lively mind and a kind heart. She was active in the Lutheran church, AAUW, book clubs and dining groups. She always had a smile for everyone and time to listen. She is survived by her children: Cynthia, Karl and Richard, 11 grandchildren and 8 great grands. A celebration of life will be held once large groups may again gather. 

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