Helen M. Tanner, 81, a loving mother and grandmother, of the Abbie Apartments, Lewis Run, passed away Monday (March 5, 2012) at Bradford Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.
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Born May 8, 1930, in Farmers Valley, she was a daughter of the late Raymond L. and Florence L. Anderson Austin. On Dec. 11, 1948, in the home where she was born, she married John F. Tanner Jr., who preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1976.
Mrs. Tanner attended Bradford area schools. She formerly worked at McCroy's 5 and 10, and later as a nurse's aid at the Dresser Home.
She was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Evangelical Church, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Eldred and was a member of the Bradford T.O.P.S. Club.
Surviving are two daughters, Ann (Gary) Howes Sr., of Bradford and Carol (Don) Tracy of Rew, three sons, John "Jake" (Liz) Tanner III and Larry (Debbie) Tanner Sr., both of Bradford and David (JoAnn) Tanner of Smethport; a sister, Roberta (Charles) Schmidt of Peyton, Colo.; two brothers, Jack (Bev) Austin of Longmont, Colo., and Raymond (Beverly) Austin of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Sue McCrobie, Gary Howes Jr., Connie Shanks, Diane Dalton, Eric Tanner, Jennifer Tanner, Tony Tanner, Nathan Tanner, Sheri Tanner, and Larry Tanner Jr.; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one granddaughter, Heather Howes; three brothers, Harold, Denny, Steve Austin; and one sister, Myra Austin-Ascarrunz.
Family will be receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 to 11 am. Friday at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., South Avenue, where funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.
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Published in The Bradford Era from Mar. 7 to Mar. 13, 2012