Helen Jean Unrue, a woman of great Faith, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at home with family and loved ones by her side. Helen Jean was a resident of Torrance for 56 years and was 86 when she died. Born in Wheeling, West Virginia in the home of her parents. She is survived by sons, James Shriver of Fresno, CA and William Shriver (Kathy) of Crestview, FL; and daughters, Dorothy Bishop of Clovis, CA and Ann Kirkpatrick (Tracy) of Torrance, CA. She was the loving Grandmother to Roger (Julie), Rachel and John Bishop. She was a very proud Great Grandmother of Micah, Jesse, Jennifer, Joshua, William and Kaitlyn. She was preceded in death by two wonderful husbands John Shriver and Harold Unrue, parents, William and Grace, brothers, Allan, William, Louis and sister Eleanor Albinger. She affectionately became known as Nana by many children she cared for over the years. She was Blessed to have Susan Hansen, Michelle and Jennifer Mann and Laurie Laycock who loved her as extended family. She had several careers, owning and operating a beauty salon, a checker in the local grocery store Alpha Beta, working for Polaroid and Honeywell. Her most fulfilling and loving occupation was to be a wonderful mother to her children, being supportive and involved in all their activities. She became the first PTA President of Towers Elementary School in Torrance. She was a life time member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron in 1971 at Playa Linda/Fuchsia Chapter. She was a Member of Honor of Jobs Daughters International, Bethel No. 273 Manhattan Beach, where she served on the Council for 30 years. She was known for her excellent cooking and cake decorating. There was always a place for a friend at the dinner table and never a wedding or birthday cake she could not create. She was an avid reader and well known at the local used book store. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her and at the same time confident that she is at peace with Our Lord. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Wednesday March 21 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. The Service will be held in the Rice Chapel on Thursday March 22 at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach.

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  1. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love, Mark, Christa, Jacob, Connor and Kendall Shriver

  2. Dear Ann and Tracy, My heartfelt condolences go out to you both as you begin your journey without mom right there to hold and to love, she is still very much there to love and to hold dear in your hearts. She is in a good place now without pain. May her soul rest in peace.

  3. Ann and Family, Sorry for the lost of you love one. I can only imagine how you are feeling. I lost my Dad last month. My hope for you and your family is finding comfort with family and friends during this most difficult time. Praying for strength for the family. May God Bless you and keep you. With deepest sympathy. Juanita Hamilton

  4. Dear ANN, My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Your mom is in a good place,without worries,pain. You will always have the memories with you! Take care love Di.

  5. Dear Ann & family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the Lord comfort and carry you. Love, Dana

  6. We will always miss you and treasure the moments we spent with you. Roger, Julie, Jennifer, Joshua, & Kaitlyn

  7. I remember that Helen Jean used to watch me and my sister when we were little. Always kind and gentle with us, she later got to know my own kids. One of them played at her house too when he was little. Who doesn’t remember her cakes! Our hearts goes out to Aunt Ann and Uncle Tracy and all the rest of her family. We will miss you, Helen Jean. God bless you.

  8. Ann, Tracy & family, You are in my heart and prayers. She was such a loving and feisty lady and I loved her like my own. Ann, I still have my potato peeler. She is free of pain and in God’s hands now. I know He will make very good use of her, and she won’t have to volunteer for her new duties. My love & hugs, Marianne

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Helen Jean was a kind and gentle lady. My daughters and I are blessed to have known her. She was a wonderful example of God’s love. She made everyone feel special. She will be missed.

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