Nadyne Grace Ohms
January 30, 1923 ~ January 23, 2013
Nadyne Grace Ohms passed into the Lord’s hands on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at the age of 89, with her beloved son and daughter-in-law at her side. She was born on January 30, 1923, to Larrien and Grace (Piterson) Nelson in Spokane, WA. Her father died when she was only two years of age, after which, her mother moved the family to her grandparent’s family farm on Green Bluff. She attended Spokane schools and graduated from Mead High School in 1941. On October 5, 1941, she married Wayne A. Burchett in Coeur d’Alene, ID and shortly after, moved to Seattle, where Wayne was employed by Boeing and worked in the area shipyards. Together, they had two sons, Wayne Allen and Rodney Dean. They later divorced, and in 1948, she married Donald Hellerstedt. They continued to make their home in Seattle. In 1954, her son, Rodney, died in a house fire, the “single most tragic event in her life” according to her son, Wayne. This event left her heartbroken for many years. Donald passed away in 1959. She later met and married William Ohms, a building contractor, on July 12, 1966, making their home in Seattle. In 1968, they purchased property in Winthrop, WA, where William built a beautiful farmhouse on the river. They enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing and hunting together. In 1986, they moved to Pateros, WA, to be closer to medical services for William, who died in July of 1988. In 1990, she moved to East Wenatchee, to be near her son and his family.
No matter where she lived, Nadyne was an active member of the church in the area. She participated in home Bible studies, and supported mission projects in Africa. Locally, she was an active member and leader at the Kingdom Embassy Church (formerly the East Wenatchee First Church of God). She was recently saving her change for her “Goat Project”, which was to purchase goats for needy families through Heifer International. She was an artistic spirit and was gifted with the ability to paint in oils and watercolors, and make her own pottery in her studio. She was a woodcrafter and quilter and was known for her yearly in-house craft bazaar, “House of Angels,” as well as participating in the area craft bazaars. She was a member of the “Grandmas & Grandpas” bowling league at Eastmont Lanes, bowling every Thursday, right up to her death. Nadyne loved hockey and attending the games with her family. She was a proud Wenatchee Wild season ticket holder. She enjoyed baseball, but would certainly be considered a “Fair Weather Fan” of the Seattle Mariners.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Donald Hellerstedt and William S. Ohms; son, Rodney Dean Burchett; brother, Larrien “Bud” Nelson; and sister, Edna Hatch. She is survived by her son, Wayne (Anita) Burchett of East Wenatchee; grandchildren, Kimberly (Mike) Witt of Vancouver, WA, Kristine (Aaron) Foreman of Everett, WA and Scott (Rachel Smith) Burchett of Wenatchee; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Service is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Kingdom Embassy Church, 181 1st Street SE, East Wenatchee and Graveside Service on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Pateros Cemetery, Pateros, WA. Viewing will be from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2013, at Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee. In lieu of other memorial gifts, please donate to Heifer International (www.heifer.org) or Haven of Hope Wenatchee. Family and friends are invited to leave memories and condolences for the family on her online tribute, www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com. Honored to serve the family, Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.