Helen Ruth Krebs Bruant

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Helen Ruth Krebs Bruant passed away peacefully with family by her side on June 22 at Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, Texas. Bravely and without complaint, Helen faced several serious health conditions.

Born at home in Port Carbon, Feb. 8, 1940, Helen was the eldest child of Douglas W. Krebs and Sophia Mackalavage Krebs.

While Helen's childhood and college years were spent exclusively in Pennsylvania, she later resided in Dallas, which was her home for the last 45 years. Helen graduated from Schuylkill Haven High School in 1958, where she was a majorette, newspaper editor, and honor roll student; and Arcadia University (then known as Beaver College, a Presbyterian college for women) in Glenside, in 1962, where she served as president of the student government.

A former life guard at the Schuylkill Country Club, Helen always loved the water. Helen also enjoyed travel, particularly European cruises with her sister, Sandra Krebs Hirsh.

Helen was a caring and rigorous junior high school teacher for 10 years. Later, she served as coordinator and director of Meals on Wheels and vice president of Long Term Care for the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas.

More than anything else, Helen was devoted to her only child, Robert G. Bruant Jr., Ph.D.

Helen will be remembered for her warm smile and exceptional intelligence, along with her strong work ethic and constant concern for others.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Douglas W. Krebs, Jr., and his wife, Linda Yoder Krebs, all of Orwigsburg.

Helen is survived by her dear son and his wife, Rebecca Meyercord Bruant; four stepgrandchildren all of Dallas; her sister, Sandra Krebs Hirsh, Minneapolis, Minn.; and her beloved nieces and nephews.

A private family memorial service will be held in Pennsylvania. Memorial donations may be sent to Arcadia University c/o University Advancement, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA, 19038. Helen's family also wishes to thank the numerous medical professionals, staff, and dear friends who cared for Helen in her final years. Their expertise and kindness were always valued and deeply appreciated.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Aug. 13, 2017
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