Helen Ida (Baier) Rudy, age 91, of Ferndale, passed away Sat. June 24, 2017 in Bellingham. She was the youngest of nine children and was born June 3, 1926 in Adams Co. North Dakota to Samuel and Charlotta Baier. In 1941, her family moved to Whatcom Co. and she graduated from Blaine High School in 1943.
She married Joseph Rudy in February 1948 in Ferndale and they were married for 54 years until his passing in April 2002. Helen was a homemaker, and was involved with many community organizations that included Zion Lutheran Church, Ferndale Senior Center, Whatcom Good Sam’s, American Legion Aux. #154, Whatcom Co. Relay for Life, Campfire, and Grange. For 40 years, she served on the local county election board. Her interests included quilting, gardening, camping, spending time with family and friends, and of course watching the Mariners.
Helen is survived by her two sons, Larry (Margaret) of Lynden, and David (Kim) of Mount Vernon; daughters, Kathy (Dave) Carlson, and Peggy (Scott) Smith of Olympia; grandchildren, Tim, Melissa, Austin, and Trevin; great-grandchildren, Maren and Bryce; her brother Edwin (Jeanette) Baier of Lynwood, and sisters-in-law, Louise Koch and Reatha Rudy.
A visitation will be on Fri. June 30th at 11:30 AM in the chapel at Moles Greenacres (5700 NW Dr. Ferndale) with a Graveside Service to follow at 12noon. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sat. July 1st at 12noon at Zion Lutheran Church (7125 Valley View Road, Ferndale) with Rev. Becky Langholz and Rev. Gary Blumanthal.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Ferndale Senior Center or to the organization of your choice.