Helen Kay Elze

Smith Funeral Home LTD & Crematory

Helen Kay Elze, age 87, longtime Sunnyside resident passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020 in Sunnyside, WA with her family by her side. Helen was born on May 17, 1933 in Pikesville, Kentucky, the daughter of Helen Kay (Harney) and Kenneth Atticus Hunt. She received her education in Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky. On December 30, 1958 she married the love of her life Olaf Elze in Lexington, Kentucky. After high school Helen worked for AAA in Lexington. Following their moved to Sunnyside, WA Helen worked briefly at Sunnyside Community Hospital and for Dr. Richard Kirk before becoming secretary for the Sunnyside School District, first at Washington Elementary and then Chief Kamiakan. Helen loved talking about the history of her family, but most of all she loved to share about her grandchildren.

Helen is survived by two daughters, Kelly Jasper (Rick) of Longview, WA and their two sons, Chris Jaspers (Theresa) and Andy Jaspers; Kristina Platsman (Tim) of Sunnyside, WA and two daughters Kendall Estrada (Juan) and Allison Platsman. She is also survived by special in-laws Carol and Chuck Platsman. She is preceded in death by her husband of close to 60 years - Olaf Elze, her parents Helen and Kenneth Hunt and one sister, Barbara.

The Elze family would like to say a special thank you to Heartlinks Hospice and Palliative Care and Sunnyside Assisted Living for everything they did in caring for our mother, Helen. At this time there will be no formal funeral service. Those wishing to sign Helen’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com. Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.