The North Bend Eagle


Spath, Ray fill long-time roles for Auxiliary

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 7/4/12

On Nov. 5, 1950, Helen and Harold Spath were married. Thirteen days later, Harold left for the Army boot camp. He was on active duty until 1953 when he returned home to farm.

SpathHelen Spath celbrated her 80th birthday last week and received 80 roses from her grandchildren.

The way the Spaths started their married lives continues to have a part of Helen’s life today. She and Harold were active in the Snyder VFW and VFW Auxiliary. He died in 1989 and the next year Helen moved to North Bend. She decided to transfer her VFW Auxiliary membership to the North Bend affiliated with VFW Post 8223.

The first meeting Spath went as a guest. The second meeting she was asked to be secretary, a post she held for four years. Then in 1994 she was asked to be president

“And I’ve been it ever since,” Spath said. “I’d like to pass the job on, but I’ll do it as long as they need me and I’m able.”

Doris Ray, 87, is another long-time officer in the VFW Auxiliary, having served as treasurer for 24 years. She and her husband Noel moved to North Bend in 1959 when he came to help build the town pool. She joined the VFW Auxiliary in 1968 and has been an officer ever since.

Ray has served as secretary, was president in 1976-77, and has been treasurer for the last 24 years.

“Friendship is a big thing I’ve gotten from the Auxiliary,” Ray said.

Ray has been involved in the loaning of medical equipment since the inception of the project in 1976.

The big money maker for the VFW Auxiliary is the lunch stand they do each Thursday night at the VFW Post 8223 bingo.

The VFW Auxiliary does things to help the VFW and honor the veterans including Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day dinners, selling Buddy Poppies and sending cards to all active duty military personnel with packages to those overseas at Christmas and Easter. They also remember Gold Star Mothers (those whose son or daughter died in the military) at those holidays and take poinsettias to VFW and Auxiliary shut-ins at Christmas.

The Auxiliary is committed to the community with financial support, patriotic contests for students, serving at bloodmobiles, and providing medical equipment.
Spath has been on the Veteran’s Park Committee and assists with Memorial Day Services

“It’s heartwarming,” Spath said about her involvement with the auxiliary.

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