Helen Leona, nee Wilkerson, Smith, 93, of New Athens, IL; born November 9, 1919 in New Athens, IL; passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL.
Mrs. Smith had worked in the kitchen at the New Athens Home for the Aged for 25 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in New Athens, IL; United Methodist Women; a 56 year member of VFW Auxiliary Post 7710; New Athens Senior Club and Royal Neighbors of America.
She was preceded in death by her parents – George and Minnie, nee Fordice, Wilkerson. Her husband Clayton “Cowboy” Smith whom she married on December 25, 1936 in Waterloo, IL and who passed away on July 20, 1981, 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
She is survived by her children – Sharon (David) Kelcher St. Peters, MO; Mike (Connie) Smith of Okawville, IL; Mark (Jessi) Smith of Deland, FL; Becky (Basil) Nagel of Millstadt, IL; Kim (Ron) Hampton. 11 grandchildren. 11 great-grandchildren. 5 great-great grandchildren. 1 sister – Alice Jung of Swansea, IL. 1 brother in law – Maurice “Gene” Smith of St. Louis, MO.
Memorials may be made to New Athens Home Activity Fund; United Methodist Church or Family Hospice
Visitation: Friends may call at the United Methodist Church in New Athens, IL on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 9:00vam to 12:00 noon.
Funeral: Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in New Athens, IL on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 12:00 noon with Rev. Ron Chase officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held in Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL.
My sympathy to you all, Helen was such a sweet person.
Posted by: Jeanne (Hacker) Jansen – Fairview Heights, IL – Friend of family. Jan 14, 2013
We are so very, very sorry for your loss and send our love to you all. Helen was always so sweet and kind and I will always remember her smile. Please know that you are all in our thoughts, prayers and our hearts. God bless you and keep you in his care.
Posted by: Patti and Jeff Crawford – Kittanning, PA – Friend Jan 15, 2013
To Helens family, My sympathy to all of you and I have known her longer than any of you. I met the Wilkerson family when I was about 6 or 7 years old. And Helen & I remembered those years happily. Thanks for the good years of memories Helen. love and blessings, Dorothy
Posted by: Dorothy Hacker – New Athens, IL – friend Jan 18, 2013
To Kim and family…we want to offer our deepest condolences on Helen’s passing. She is such a special lady and will be missed dearly. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Julie and Pat Wilderman – New Athens, IL Jan 21, 2013