Helen Chanda Watson Krinke passed away at her home in Twisp at the age of 109 on Sept. 16, 2022. She is the second daughter of Methow Valley pioneers Ethalbert and Nora (Nickel) Watson and was born near Princeton, B.C., on Jan. 6, 1913. The family of four returned to the Methow Valley around 1915. In 1935, she married William (Bill) Krinke. They lived in several states as he followed construction work until they returned to the Twisp area in the 1940s. They lived in Carlton until they were flooded out in 1948 and then moved to the property outside Twisp where they built their home.
Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents Ethalbert and Nora Watson; sisters and brothers-in-law Gladys and Harry Ehly, Ferol and Neil Potter; niece Mae (Jellison) and husband Bill Reimer; great-nephews Kenneth Bozman and Cecil John Reimer. She is survived by nieces Nita Mahaffey of Wenatchee, Ellen Bump of Okanogan, Barbara (Chuck) Hughes of Moses Lake; Nora Marie Potter (Paul) Tiffney of Spokane; nephews Albert (Elisa) Ehly of Munford, Tennessee; Raymond Potter of Wenatchee; and many great-nieces and nephews to four generations.
Helen will be dearly missed by all as she was a friend to everyone that knew her.
Graveside services will be held on Oct. 7, 2022, at 1 p.m. at the Beaver Creek Cemetery.