HELEN DONNAN WEISNER
Nov 4, 1936 -
Feb 16, 2014
Helen was born in Gray Court, South Carolina as the eldest child to Ned and Janie Weisner. Her father was a welder and the family traveled as his occupation required, staying in Gray Court, SC when he traveled overseas. As a younger girl, she enjoyed dancing. The family eventually settled in Lancaster, SC. While in elementary school, she wanted to be a journalist. She was active in the 4-H club, winning the State 4-H award for an entomology project while in high school. Upon graduation, she decided to follow her mother into a nursing career by attending the distinguished program at John's Hopkins, where she earned her diploma degree as a Registered Nurse. She really enjoyed being a nurse in the Operating Room. While at Hopkins, she met a Naval Academy Midshipman, Philip Meurer, who she fell in love with and married. After being married, they had two children, David and Debbie, and she enjoyed being a stay at home Mom with her children.
Philip was commissioned in the Air Force, and together they traveled across the United States and the world, including the Philippines on two occasions. While stationed in the Philippines with her family, Helen volunteered as an OR nurse, helping to treat wounded servicemen, and later worked with "Operation Baby-Lift", caring for children leaving Vietnam for the US. She won an award from the American Red Cross in recognition of her service. Eventually they settled in San Antonio, Texas, where she was able to continue working as a Public Health Nurse and she continued her life of serving others. She and her husband retired in San Antonio, Texas, where they enjoyed living for years, making many friends. When her health declined in her later years, she and her husband moved to Gainesville, Florida to stay with family.
She enjoyed traveling with her husband in an RV, especially to the National Parks and similar areas in the Northwestern US, such as Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and even into Canada. Her hobbies included sewing, where she became renowned for making Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls. She fell in love with quilting and lovingly created many keepsake quilts for family members. She and her quilt club made quilts for newborn babies with birth complications to help keep them warm.
After a full life, she passed away in her sleep on February 16, 2014. She is survived by her husband Philip Meurer; son David Meurer (Sherry); daughter Debbie Meurer Colpitts (Richard); sister Edna Earle Faust (Clint); and grandchildren Joshua Meurer, Sarah Meurer, Linda Diane Colpitts and Kayli Nicole Colpitts. She was well loved by her devoted husband, and all her family, and will be missed by all whose lives she touched.
". . . for I want to go wherever you go and to live wherever you live: your people shall be my people, and your God shall be my God." Ruth 1:16
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., in the Heritage Room of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN, 404 North Main Street, with Fr. Rich Clark of St. Michael's Episcopal Church officiating. Another celebration will be held in San Antonio, at a time and location to be announced. Please visit her memorial page at
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2014