Written by The Herald-News
Delores Helen Brese, 86, died July 12, 2013.
She was born on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1927, to Uffe and Dot (Hughes) Nelsen in Scobey. Born during the Great Depression, she grew up with many hardships including her mother’s five-year fight with breast cancer.
She and her sister, Joyce, would visit their mother at the Scobey hospital at lunch and after school. Her mother died when Helen was nine years old.
She graduated from high school and jumped on the train to Indiana where she spent time with her grandmother and other members of the Hughes family. Her time in Indiana was to become some of the greatest memories of her life.
In 1950, she married Eugene “Whitey” Marchwick and they had two sons, Gene and Rick. In 1955, she married Jim Brese and they had five children, Debbie, Darlene, Terry, Jerry and Denette. Their family moved throughout Montana and Washington as Jim worked in road construction. She loved the life on the road because at each stop she made new friends.
In 1968, they moved back to Ellensburg, Wash., and made it their permanent home. She had always been a homemaker but as her children got older, she began working seasonally at Twin City Foods. She then went to work at the Ellensberg Telephone Company for many years.
1974 was a very difficult year for her. That year, her youngest son, Jerry, went on kidney dialysis. Three weeks after, her husband, Jim, died in a car accident. Being the strong woman she was, she did not allow this to bring her down. Three years later, she went through another life changing year when she resigned from the telephone company and purchased the Ponderosa Motel in Ellensberg. That same year she gave the ultimate gift of love to her son, Jerry, one of her own kidneys.
In 1979, she met Shorty Thompson and they enjoyed many years together dancing at the Moose Lodge or the Thunderbird. They spent the winter in Arizona in 1990, which was one of the highlights of her life. She went back to work, working as a clerk for Circle K and then at Johnny's in Kittitas, Wash. At age 76, she began working at her daughter Debbie's daycare. Due to health issues at age 82, she had to give up helping at the daycare.
She had two foster daughters, Sally Martinez and Gert Langevin.
She is survived by her brother, Bob Nelson; sisters May Jane Nelson, Lois Lange and Jeannne Nelsen; children, Gene Marchwick, Debbie Nason, Darlene Bird and Terry Brese; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Getta Nelsen; brother, Allen; sisters, Phylis, Joyce and Laverna; husband, Jim; son, Jerry; and granddaughter, Chelsey.
A celebration of life was held Friday, July 19, at the Time Out Tavern in Kittitas.