Helen Mary Gabbert, 78, of Green Valley, AZ, passed away unexpectedly on May 29, 2019. She was the youngest of 10 children born to Peter John Broemeling and Anna (Mareck) Broemeling, March 12, 1941, in Uniontown, Washington. The family moved to Pullman, WA in 1942 where she attended Pullman public schools and graduated from high school in 1959. She was married to Nathan H. Gabbert Jr. on Sept. 16, 1961. From this union two sons were born. The couple lived in various towns in the state of Washington while her husband attended Veterinary School, as well as Santa Anna, CA, where they operated a veterinary clinic together before moving to Manhattan, KS in 1973.
Helen studied art and education beginning in 1959 with Eastern Washington College, then transferred to Washington State University in 1960 and later earned a B.S. in Art Education from Kansas State University in 1978. She began teaching Art part-time for the Manhattan, KS school district prior to accepting a position in 1980 with the Manhattan Mercury newspaper working in the sales and advertising department. Helen graciously volunteered her time as a team mother for numerous baseball teams, the Parent Teacher Association, and president of the KSU Veterinarian Wives Club. She enjoyed using her artistic abilities to hand draw ads for business clients until she retired in 2005. The couple moved to the retirement community of Green Valley, AZ in 2005 where she continued her artistic interests, excelling in various pencil drawings of her dog Bell as well as various fruits and plants.
Helen’s husband preceded her in death as well as her parents, siblings Melvin Stephen, Donald Carl, Vincent Henry (Leona), Mark Ernest, Cletus William, and sister Phyllis Martha. She is survived by her siblings Louis Johann (Laida), Lucy Alvina (Fred) Romine, and Marlene Irene (Don) Barner, her sons Warren Gabbert and Andy Gabbert, grandchildren Joshua (Kristi) Gabbert, Justin Gabbert, Jessica Gabbert, Brianna Gabbert and two great-grandchildren, Kelen and Jeric Gabbert.
As per her wishes, her physical body will be returned to The Lord in the form of ash and laid to rest at the City of Pullman, WA cemetery next to her late husband. Condolences can be mailed to Gabbert Family, 608 N. Yellowstone Dr., Brandon, SD 57005.