Helen Gadson

PEORIA - Mrs. Helen C. Gadson, 88, of Peoria, Ill., passed away peacefully at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Cornerstone Rehab and Healthcare Center.

Helen was born on July 26, 1925, in Peoria to Joseph and Sarah (Odom) Thompson. She married Robert "Sidney" Gadson in 1978 in Buffalo, N.Y. He preceded her in death.

Helen retired from Amalgamated Coat Factory after 21 years of service on Nov. 1, 1987.

Helen leaves to cherish her precious memories, her loving and devoted sister and brother-in-law, Josephine (Ronald) Boone of Peoria; a host of nieces and nephews; and her Mt. Zion M.B. Church Family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, William Thompson, Joe Ray Jackson and Homer Jackson; and two sisters, Wanda Thompson and Anna Boone.

Helen has been a lifelong member of Mount Zion M.B. Church, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, with a visitation one hour prior, beginning at 9 a.m. Pastor Alphonso Lyons Jr. will officiate. Helen will be laid to rest at Springdale Cemetery.

Simons Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.

Online condolences may be made to simonsmortuary.com.

Funeral Home

Simons Mortuary
912 W. John H. Gwynn, Jr. Ave. Peoria, IL 61605
(309) 674-2638

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 20, 2014