Helen Jo Brink of the Kooskia/Kamiah area quietly slipped away, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at the Orofino Care Center. She was 88.
She was born Jan. 5, 1932, to M.A. and Addie Hogue in Hunt County, Texas. Helen was the oldest of five children. Her four sisters included Wanda Cerwenski of Sandpoint, Idaho, Peggy Coppinger of Hawkins, Texas, Barbara Hogue of Dallas, Texas, and June Middleton of Shady Shores, Texas.
Helen had six children: Mike Myers of Kooskia, Jeri Lawson of Spokane, Wash., Jim Weirich of Richmond, Calif., Joni Weirich of Concord, Calif., Charli Bechtold of Kooskia, and Sue Herbst of Fort Myers, Fla. She had 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen was always busy. She worked as a bank teller, owned her own fast food business, cooked in numerous restaurants, cooked in hunting camps, worked in a cedar saw mill, was an apprentice in a woodworking shop, spent time living and working in the Cayman Islands, was a member of The Red Hatters and retired working for the U.S. Forest Service. Helen was quite an artist and displayed her artwork at several art shows over the years.
Helen married Dale Brink in September of 1999. They loved life. They spent a lot of time camping on the Selway River and were frequently seen 4-wheeling with their dog Keystone and a bottle of blackberry wine.
Helen was preceded in death by both parents, sister Wanda Cerwenski, daughter Joni Weirich, son Mike Myers, granddaughter Brianna Broncheau, great-granddaughter Viktoreea Parker, and husband Dale Brink.
Life was always an adventure for Helen… She will be missed.
Family services will be held at a later date. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.