Helen Irene Tolbert was born Aug. 13, 1918. in Springfield, Ill., and died on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in Brookings, Ore.

She was the daughter of Frank and Eunice Quackenbush, and had two brothers, Lyle and Floyd. Her family moved to California when she was 10. Helen raised two daughters, Linda Barrett and Jackie Pappas, and built planes in Southern California.

She got her welding start during the war, and worked hard all her life to care for her girls. Helen was preceded in death by her daughter, Jackie. She spent her last years in Crescent City.

Helen leaves behind her daughter, Linda, five grandkids, Jamie Jennings, Wendi Musick and Jimmy, Jeff, and Jerry Hofawger, two great-grandchildren, Sierra Grace and Joshua Hofawger, and one great-great granddaughter, Elodie Grace.

Friends and family are invited to a viewing Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Redwood Memorial Care, 611 9th St., Crescent City. Interment will be held at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood.