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Helen Reasoner Riddle

Helen Reasoner Riddle died peacefully at the age of 103 on January 11, 2017 in South Lake Tahoe. She was born on December 6, 1913 in Merion, Colorado to Herbert and Ada Reasoner and was one of 14 children. She grew up on a farm with no electricity and her only transportation was her pony "Lindy". Helen helped raise her siblings and learned to be a barber by trimming their hair. This talent she pursued when she later moved to Nipton, CA (near Las Vegas) during the construction of the Hoover Dam in the late 1930's. She was also the Postmistress there as well as a waitress.

In the early 1940's she moved to San Diego with her first husband and two children where whe was one of the "Rosie the Riveters" who worked to support the WWII was effort. She was a drill press operator for 3 years at Convair Air Craft, consistently receiving perfect attendance awards. She began donating blood regularly then since she had a rare blood typ (AB), a practice she continued until age 70. Helen always felt a duty to give of herself.

She moved to Orland around 1962 and then to South Lake Tahoe in 1974, after a short vacation to the Lake enamored her to the area for the rest of her life. Helen loved the friendly, caring people here and enjoyed interacting with many while she worked as a waitress for nearly 20 years at Waystation, Harvey's, Tahoe Nugget, and Harrah's. After she retired at age 76, she opened a daycare business and took care of children until she was 92.

Her patriotism and charity went beyond her War time efforts and blood donating. She would often invite servicemen to Sunday dinner. Helen would stretch a meal so as to share with anyone in need. No one was turned away. Displaying her father's 48 star American flag on all legal holidays made her proud to be an American.

Her favorite past time activity was crocheting. Everyday a new project lay on her lap as her long frail fingers created a lap robe or scarf from remnants donated to her from her many friends who knew of her love to crochet. She would accumulate a stack of lap robes and then donate them to the Barton Skilled Nursing Home or the Tahoe Warm Room. She always said, "My, my there are always people less fortunate than we are." She also liked to say that the "old folks" liked to use her robes even though she herself was 103!

Helen is survived by daughters Joan Rossetti, and Susan Metcalf of So. Lake Tahoe; son Mitch Riddle of Woodfords; brother Duane Reasoner of Red Bluff; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

A private Celebration of Life will be scheduled later in the year.

Helen requested no flowers, now service and no tears.

She lived a long, happy and blessed life "Just the way I like it" and asked that everyone help someone in need or give to your own charities.