Helen Parker Garlick Castle 1928 – 2017

Helen Parker Garlick Castle, died on 3 April 2017 at her home in Orofino ID. Born in 1928 and raised on a small farm in Galesville WI with her 3 brothers and sister, Helen started a nearly 50-year teaching career in 1946 at a one room school in Minnesota and attended college at night. Eventually obtaining a Master’s of Science Degree in Education with a reading education specialization.

Helen taught for over 50 years as a teacher’s aide, teacher, and after retirement as a substitute teacher. She and her husband of 67 years, Martin Castle, taught in Idaho, Washington, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Alaska, Ontario Canada, and China.

She and her husband traveled the world spending time in Germany, Norway, and China. In her mid-80’s Helen wrote and published two books about her teaching adventures. A Life of Extremes, describes her family’s adventures teaching Ojibwa Indians in the Canadian wilderness in the early 60s. 40 Years to My Destination, recounts 5 years of teaching in a remote Eskimo village near the shores of the Bering Sea in Kipnuk AK.

Helen is survived by her husband Martin Castle, 5 children: Martin Castle Jr. and wife Deb Sugerman of Lee NH, Kathleen Castle and husband Gerry Cox of Colville WA, Julie Castle and husband Don George of Orofino ID, Mary Pinheiro and partner Mike Tickner of Syracuse NY, Parker Castle and wife Angela Castle of Stafford VA, 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and two of her brothers.

Services were held at the Orofino United Methodist Church on Wednesday 12 April 11:00. In lieu of flowers please make a memorial gift to the Orofino Senior Service Center, PO BOX 93 Orofino Idaho, 83544.