GLENDORA, Calif. -- Helen Ruth Sides Dye, age 76, died July 12, 2008, from cancer.
She was born in Blytheville, Ark., on Sept. 24, 1931, the daughter of Robert and Lillie Sides. Helen graduated from Sikeston, Mo., High School where she won the Commercial Award for typing and shorthand, and was first runner-up in the State Regional Finals competition. She worked as a legal secretary before moving to California with her husband in 1955. She loved books and was a lifetime learner. She enjoyed attending classes at Citrus College as she pursued her many interests and hobbies, including art, languages, lapidary and jewelry making.
As her children grew up she served on the board, and as secretary, of their school's P.T.A. She was also a Girl Scout leader, and a Sunday school teacher at the Baptist Church where she was baptized in 1961. She was an avid traveler, and her curiosity took her around the world and the United States.
She married George E. "Juddy" Dye of Sikeston, on August, 10,1948. She worked alongside her husband for 25 years, from 1965 to 1990, in the operation of their business, Honda of Glendora.
Retirement found her busier than ever, with her work with the Daughters of the American Revolution, and writing, gardening and painting at her retreat in Cherry Valley.
Helen held several offices in the D.A.R. including Regent of the Serrano Chapter in Glendora, and Chairman of the committee that operates and maintains the California State Headquarters of the D.A.R. She was a member of the First Families of Tennessee and the National Society Daughters of The American Colonists. Helen was proud of this country, kept herself well-informed about current events, and was active in politics from early adulthood.
Helen was the author of two books, "The Browder Connections" and "The Johns Connections", both of which were published by Heritage Books of Bowie, Md. She also wrote three cook books, and with her granddaughter, Allison Drinkert, wrote and copyrighted two books of children's stories. She wrote several articles and many letters to editors that appeared in various papers.
Helen is survived by her husband of 60 years, George E. Dye; her daughter, Rebecca (husband Rick Kidd) of Monrovia; her son, George Robert Dye (wife Lisa) of Ventura; her son, Jeffrey Dye (wife Marie-Christine) of Glendora; a brother, James Sides of Sun City and a sister, Betty Hill of Missouri. She is also survived by her four loving grandchildren, Garrett "Gus" Drinkert, Allison Drinkert, George Joseph Dye and Jeremy Dye.
She also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who loved her. The family thanks the many medical professionals, including the paramedics of the L. A. County Fire Department, who helped during this ordeal.
Visitation will be held at Oakdale Memorial Park, 1401 S. Grand Ave. in Glendora, on Thursday, July 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 18, at 3 p.m. in the Oakdale Memorial Park Chapel.
Private interment at Riverside National Cemetery will follow at a later date.
Her passing has left an emptiness and a hurt that is beyond the capacity of language to express.
The Dye Family