CHILLICOTHE - Helen L. (Tucker) High, 98, of Chillicothe died peacefully on Friday, March 14, 2014, at home, with her daughters by her side.
She was born April 2, 1915, in Chillicothe, Ill., the daughter of Percy and Roberta Jenkins Tucker. She married her high school sweetheart, Charles High, on Feb. 12, 1937, in Monticello, Ill. He preceded her in death on May 9, 2006.
She is survived by her three daughters, Dr. Jacqueline (Jerry) High-Pagni of Rocheport, Mo., and Christine High (Jim) Wright and Mame High, both of Chillicothe. Mame lived at home with her mother and was her primary caregiver. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Donald (LaNeena) Close, Melissa Close and Jon Close of Chillicothe, Amy (Berto) Garcia and Ginger (Mike) Acopiado of Mundelein, Sally (Mike) Fugelstad of Goldsboro, N.C., Katy (Jim) Sotos of Elk Grove, Ill., and Mike (Nancy) Rohman of New Bloomfield, Mo.; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister, Jane Behrens of Galesburg, Ill.
When Helen was a teenager, she worked in her family grocery store, Tuckers Grocery. Helen was the fifth of nine children, five of whom lived to be in their 90s. Helen and Charles owned and operated the Dairy Queen in Chillicothe for 31 years, from 1955 to 1986. She loved the Dairy Queen and working with the public and the many employees who passed through over the years. She affected many lives.
She was a loving wife and mother, and she will be greatly missed.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy Chapter 4:7.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Chillicothe.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Private family services will be held at the family's home in Chillicothe. Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe is in charge of arrangements.
Helen's online memorial may be viewed at www.hurdfamilyfunerals.com.
Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Chillicothe Snack-Pack Program, UnityPoint Health-Methodist Hospice or the ARK Animal Shelter in Lacon.