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Helen Whaley

Helen Fay Whaley, 93

BROOK — Helen Fay Whaley, 93, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2013, after a long illness and being cared for in her home by two of her daughters, Sharon and Shirley.

Helen was one of three children and was born May 10, 1919, at her home in the Mt. Zion Church community and grew up in that area. She graduated from Morocco High School in 1937 and married Paul Whaley March 5, 1939, who is also deceased.

They first lived and farmed in the Goodland area and then moved to the Brook area where they farmed their entire life.

Helen is survived by four daughters, Marilyn Joan Tilton, of Loveland, Colo.; Sharon Dianne Baker; Beverly Kay Toler, of Avon; and Shirley Ann Whaley. She has six grandchildren, Aaron and Amber Tilton; Geof Elijah and Shelby Baker; Heather and Katie Bray; and five great-grandchildren, Andrew and Hannah Elijah, Aislinn Tilton and Logan and Addison Bray.

Being a farmer's wife, work was something Helen was never afraid of. She helped work in the fields in her early years and they started farming with horses. She helped milk cows, raised chicken and cased dozens of eggs daily besides cooking and carrying many meals to the fields during planting and harvesting. She patched work clothes and darned many socks.

She canned and froze everything imaginable and had a big garden. She baked and cooked everything from scratch and just about everyone in the community has enjoyed her cakes, pies and cookies.

She received many Grand Champion and blue ribbons at the county fairs over the years. After her children were raised, she worked at Per Pak Factory for 21 years and still managed to have her garden and can and freeze as much as possible. Helen was a member of the Mt. Zion Church and the United Methodist Women's Group.

She loved the Lord Jesus Christ, her family and home, the beautiful outdoors and the farm. She especially loved flowers and working outside in her garden and with flowers. She also liked to write poetry. She enjoyed riding in the golf cart in her latter years and it was the event for her day many times.

She will forever be remembered by her family and friends

Friends and family are invited to visit at the Gerts Funeral Home Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Funeral memorial services will be at the Mt. Zion Church in Kentland immediately following the visitation with burial at the Boswell Cemetery in Kentland.


Published in the Journal & Courier from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2013
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