Helen May Shackelford

April 12, 1922 — October 4, 2017

Helen Shackelford, 95, of Albany died Wednesday at Timberwood Court.

Born in Sweet, Idaho, to Bob and Zora (Houser) Montgomery, Helen graduated from Emmett, Idaho High School in 1940 and married Ernest Adair in that same year. They had two daughters, and then Ernest was killed in a logging accident in 1945.

Helen then went to beauty school to be able to support her daughters.

She married Donald Shackelford in 1947 and lived in Boise until 1950 when they moved to Sweet Home. Don drove log truck, and then they moved to Albany.

Helen began working at JC Penney in 1960 before they moved to Corvallis in 1966, where Don and Helen owned the Greenberry Store in South Corvallis. She retired in 1977 and moved to Milton-Freewater in 1979.

They returned to Albany in 1988, and Don passed away in 1993. Helen has lived in her current home since 1999 with her daughter Donna.

Helen was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church.

She loved the outdoors and camping, crocheting, and traveling to Arizona as a “snowbird” with Don. They were members of the Good Sam Club.

Survivors include daughters Beverly (Adair) McMackin and husband, Jerry, of Meridian, Idaho, Patsy (Adair) Patterson and husband, Edward “Patt,” of Goldendale, Washington, and Donna Shackelford of Albany; son Donald Shackelford and wife, Teresa, of Camas, Washington; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Albany United Methodist Church. Private interment will be at Gilliland Cemetery in Sweet Home.

Contributions may be made to the Albany United Methodist Church.

Online condolences for the family may be posted at www.fisherfuneralhome.com.

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