Helen M. Myers, 88, passed away peacefully Friday, April 4, 2020 at Wesley Village Healthcare with her daughter Kathy at her side. She was born on April 10, 1931 to Wilburn and Mae (Gillenwater) Mort of Joetta. Helen had two sisters—Mary Olatha (Arlin) Day and Nelda Mae, who lived only 9 days.
Helen married Wayne Logan in 1948 and Wayne died in a highway construction accident. They had two sons Dennis Wayne Logan and John Wilburn Logan. A few years later she met Joseph Henry Myers at his little Sinclair service station in Tennessee and on December 22, 1956 they were married. Their little family lived in Colchester in the tiny white house “in the triangle.” On Helen and Joe’s first anniversary their daughter Kathleen Jo was born and a few years later, a son Jeffrey William. By then, they had moved to their country home at the edge of Fandon. Helen and Joe celebrated 61 happy years together. Helen will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. One of the happiest days of her life was the day her grandson Jonathan Joseph was born. She was a good neighbor and a good friend of the community. Helen was an excellent cook and her secret ingredient was love. She put her heart and soul into everything she did. She was a member of the Majorville Ladies Club, Home Extension, the Colchester United Methodist Church, and the Colchester PTA. Helen, Joe and their family also enjoyed attending community potlucks every month at the Old Lawyer’s Schoolhouse.
Helen really enjoyed baking and she made countless cakes, cookies, and pies for cakewalks, bake sales, and social gatherings. She also enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, and sewing. Known for rescuing oodles of kittens, Helen loved animals. And even though she said she wasn’t going to “babysit that puppy,” as soon as she laid eyes on Jonathan’s Schnauzer, Spencer, he immediately became her grand-dog.
Helen had an eye for the beauty of nature. She loved flowers, trees, garden vegetables, clouds, and rocks. When she transformed white peonies into a rainbow of colors by adding a drop of food coloring to the water it seemed like magic. Predicting the weather, regardless of TV forecasts, was another of her talents. If Helen said it was going to rain, it always did.
Helen is survived by her daughter Kathy and her husband Steve Clauson. She called Steve her “favorite son,” and he treated them like his own parents and was always there to help them. She is also survived by a favorite nephew, Lewis Day. Also surviving is her son John Logan and his wife Susan. Also surviving, although he had not seen his parents in 10 years, is Jeffrey Myers, his wife Suzanne, and their daughter Anya. Helen loved Anya and would have given anything to spend time with her and truly be a grandmother to her.
Kathy and Steve would also like to extend their thanks and appreciation to everyone at Wesley Village for providing outstanding care and for making Helen and Joe feel at home.
A Living Tree Memorial has been established in Helen’s memory so she will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew her. Trees in her memory will be planted in Tennessee near Joe’s Living Tree Memorial. Memorials may be sent to Kathy Clauson, PO Box 57, Tennessee, IL 62374.
Private graveside services will be held at Friendship Cemetery at a later date. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements. Please feel free to leave condolences to the family by visiting online at jonesmortuaryfh.com.
Private graveside services will be held at Friendship Cemetery at a later date.
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