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TERRILL, Helen Nadine

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Lassen County Times
Tuesday, May 8, 2001

Helen Nadine Terrill

Helen Nadine Terrill, 82, died on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at the Lakewood Christian Homecare Facility in Redding. She was born on March 9, 1919 on the Kansas-Oklahoma border. She was the first born of six children.

She is survived by sons, Larry, of Susanville and Bill, of Redding; five grandsons, John (JT), of Susanville, Jody of Boise, Idaho, Todd, of Reno, Nev., Michael and Brian, both of Redding, three great-granddaughters and four great grandsons, her brother, Eugene Sheilds, of Reno, and sister, Dixie Garrett, of Altamont, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Henry Lee Terrill in 1986. After graduating as valedictorian of Chetopa High School and passing a two-day test to obtain a teaching certificate, she taught school for two years in Kansas (teaching all eight grades) and attended Pittsburgh State Teachers College to work on obtaining her teacher credentials. While doing this she was introduced by friends, to Lee Terrill and they (along with two other couples) were married on March 27, 1940, and they moved to Susanville to live and raise their family. During the war she worked at Sierra Army Depot as a checker and dispatcher of train crews moving ammo.

She devoted 40 years, 1947 to 1987, to education in Susanville. She taught mostly third grade and attended summer school until a serious illness in 1985 prevented it. She graduated cum laude from Chico State College in 1959. She went on to obtain her masters degree from the University of Nevada, cum laude. She also had a California Reading Specialists Credential and an Administrative Credential. The last 14 years of her employment she worked as a coordinator of special programs for Susanville Elementary School District handling such programs as Gifted and Talented, Career Education and Early Childhood Education. She worked right up until the last day of December 1986 before retiring at age 67.

Terrill was a 50-plus year member of the Order of Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron both in 1957 and 1991. She was also a 48-year member of the Court of Amaranth and worked with Job's Daughters for more than 10 years. She was active in the Susanville Teachers Association and the Business and Professional Women's Club.

In her retirement years she took an active role in the retired teacher group and became an avid member of the doll club.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Walton's Colonial Mortuary in Susanville. Interment followed at the Diamond Crest Cemetery in Johnstonville, Calif.
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