Helen Petra Sherwood

Helen-Petra-Sherwood

Helen P. Sherwood
ARBON – Helen Petra Sherwood, longtime resident of Arbon, died on Dec. 20, 1998, in Arroyo Grande, Calif., of heart failure.
Helen was born April 18, 1907, in Pocatello, to Anna and Peter Wrensted. Peter Wrensted was the first forest ranger in Idaho. Helen’s parents’ homesteaded a ranch in Arbon Valley where Helen lived until 1930 when she went to California and worked as the personal maid to several celebrities such as Mrs. Charles Boyer, Mrs. Daryl Zanuck, and Mrs. Jack Warner.
While employed with the Warners, she took a trip to Panama and two trips to Europe; one on the Queen Mary and the next on the Normandy.
Helen went back to the ranch in the early 1940s to help her brothers and care for her elderly mother as well as perform routine farm and ranch chores. She was an accomplished gardener, canner and needle worker. She loved animals and nature.
Helen was a member of the Eastern Star in Pocatello. She took pride in helping to preserve her Aunt Benedicte Wrensted’s American Indian photographs for the Smithsonian Collection.
In 1983 she moved to Bellflower, Calif., to be near her niece, Helen Crha. She continued to be independent, tending her chickens and maintaining a full vegetable and flower garden until her health failed. She then moved to Arroyo Grande, Calif, in October 1998. She resided at the Alder House.
Helen was preceded in death by her brothers, Carl and Paul Wrensted, and sisters, Ella Boone and Marie Barber.
She is survived by sister-in-law, Virginia Wrensted; nieces Carol Barber of Paris, France, Lois Barber of Shell Beach, Calif., and Helen Crha (husband Stan) of Bellflower, Calif.,, John Boone (wife Marianne) of Big Bear, Calif., great-niece, Kimberly Crha, and great-nephew, Timothy Crha, both of Bellflower, Calif.
Helen will be buried in the family plot in Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello. A graveside service is pending.

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