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Helen Shand
July 20, 1922 - Oct 28, 2016
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Helen Brigid Shand wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother was born July 20, 1922 in New York City and passed away at the Denver, Colorado Hospice October 28, 2016. 

A long term resident of Turlock, Helen was active with the Sacred Heart Church and the Ave. Regina #200 Young Ladies Institute, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5059 Ladies Auxiliary, Turlock Chapter 1683 Women of The Moose and the Turlock Police Wives Association.

She volunteered with numerous local organizations including Meals on Wheels, Letterman Army Hospital in 

San Francisco and 

the Livermore  VA 


Helen was preceded in death by her husband John Clark Shand, a former Turlock Police Officer and Air Force Veteran.  He was stationed in the Philippines at the end of World War II and then served in a variety of postings in the United States, France, England and Spain before retiring to Atwater and then joining the Turlock Police Department and relocating to Turlock.  During World War II Helen served her country working as a “Rosie the Riveter” for a munitions factory.  After the war she worked for Borden’s Milk Company in New York as a switchboard operator often serving as the voice of Elsie the Cow when children called in to talk to Elsie.

She and John were both native New Yorkers who fell in love with the Turlock area and spent over 30 years as parts of the Turlock community.  

She is survived by her sons James and Kevin Shand both of Franktown, Colorado, Daughter-In-Law Terry Shand, two grand-children Eric Shand of Aurora, CO and Dallas Poe of San Diego, CA and three great grand-children Emerald, Eric and Annabelle Shand, also of Franktown, CO.

A viewing will be held at the Turlock Memorial Park on Monday, November 7th and a celebration of life service and graveside services on Tuesday, November 8th at Turlock Memorial Park.