Munson, Helen Louise

March 11, 2017 GMT

Helen Louise Munson Helen Louise Munson of Ellensburg, age 84, passed away on January 6, 2017. She was born in Ellensburg July 15, 1932 to Ben and Myrtle (Perkins) Cameron. She was raised in Kittitas and was Salutatorian graduate from Kittitas High School in 1950. Turning down a scholarship to Washington State College (Pullman), she attended Central Washington College of Education with the goal of becoming a nurse and also worked for Webb Tractor in Ellensburg. She met her future husband, Merwin, at the Kittitas Assembly of God Church one Sunday when he was visiting his sister and brother-in-law who were pastoring the church. After a long-distance courtship, they were married November 1, 1952 by this same brother-in-law (Pastor Alvin Isaak). Her nursing aspirations set aside, she moved to the Munson family wheat farm outside of Conrad, Montana where her three sons were born. At the encouragement of a family friend working in construction in California, the family moved to Escondido in 1960 where Merwin was a carpenter and building contractor. Helen returned to school in the early 1970′s to earn her RN degree and worked as a registered nurse until they retired and moved to Ellensburg in 1989 where Merwin built their retirement home. Deeply committed to her faith, she was an active member of Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido, participating in numerous music ministries (violin and voice), children’s programs and hosting of foreign students from around the world. She accompanied Merwin on many of his trips to foreign lands where he used his skills for the Lord, working on projects for Campus Crusade for Christ, Young Life, Greater Europe Mission, among others. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Myrtle Cameron; her husband, Merwin; her younger sister, Janice McColaugh; and infant grandson, Eric. She is survived by her sons, Ron (Sharon) of Ellensburg, Gary (Cynthia) of Coeur d’Alene, and Jim (Jennifer) of Vista, CA; grandchildren, Rachel, Joel, Taylor, Philip, Steven, Andrew and Kelsey; great-grandchildren, Calvin and Juniper; and nieces, Shannon Waterman and Kelly Fisher. A memorial service will be held at Mercer Creek Church on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to the Ellensburg FISH Community Food Bank. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brooksidefhc.com .