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Sharon Diann Helton

April 15, 1945 - July 24, 2016

Sharon Diann Helton, age 71, passed away on July 24, 2016, after a tenacious fight with diabetes. Even throughout her many years of struggles and complications, it didn't affect the love and fierce loyalty she felt towards family and friends.
Sharon was born in Sisseton, SD, on April 15, 1945, to Thor and Marjorie Vasend. She spent her younger school years in a one room school house and graduated from Sisseton High School in 1963. She followed her family to Oregon that same year, and by June of 1964, she had met and married the love of her life, the handsome, young Gerald Helton. They were married over 52 years.
Sharon was famous with family and friends for her hospitality and homemade cooking - most importantly her cinnamon rolls and fresh rolls. Teaching Sunday School at Turner Freeway Assembly of God for many years brought her great joy, and she was deeply loved by her students. Sharon also played a vital roles working for Dr. E. P. Greenwood and later managing the office for the wonderful doctors at Keizer Family Physicians in Keizer, Oregon.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Gary; her children Shannon Dobson and her husband Dan and their children Blake and Jude; her son, Ryan and his wife Karen, and their children Katelyn, Torey, Aubrey, and Brody; her brother Roger and his wife Jo; her sister Marcia Vasend; and numerous other special relatives and close friends. She was preceded in death by her brother David Vasend.
A service will be held celebrating Sharon's life on Sunday, July 31st, at 3:00 PM, at Brooks Assembly of God in Brooks, Oregon. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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Sharon was my only sister, I will miss her dearly.  I will not be able to call her everyday to check on her. I am so sad that her family has to go thru this time of mourning.  Gary her husband of over 50 years was her full time care giver  for the last few years.  He got all her medications ready for the day and made sure she got to dialysis three days a week.  Sharon prided herself on her excellent memory. If I couldn't remember something, even though I'm younger-it happens, she would know the name or event.  She was excellent at knowing medications their names and correct pronunciation of them and would correct me if I was wrong  She even did it in the emergency room when she was emitted this last time.  I told them to ask her she knows what she takes not me and she would tell them everything she was on, her memory was sharp. Her daughter Shannon and son-in-law Dan Dobson would take care of their daily errands.  Her grandsons Jude, who made her feel happy every time she saw him, would stay at their house and make sure she was ok whenever Gary had to go somewhere. Blake was a big part of his grandfathers comfort during this time.  Of course her son Ryan and his wife Karen live in New Hampshire and couldn't be here on a daily basis but she would talk to them by phone almost daily and her joys were  Katelyn (her special first granddaughter) Torey, Aubrey and Brody. We all will miss her but she is in a place where no more pain and no worries of this world. Love to you all.

Heartfelt condolences to Sharon's family. I'm so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during the difficult days ahead and may your cherished memories bring you peace. Loving thoughts and prayers are with you. Philippians 4:7; 2 Corinthians 1:2-4.