SPRINGFIELD, IL - Helen Gore Williams, 99, died Aug. 10, 2014, in Springfield, Ill.
She was born to Edward Everett Gore and Olive Margaret Snyder Gore in Jonesboro, Ill., on May 5, 1915. She married Freeland Williams on May 5, 1936. He preceded her in death in 1968. Active in Carterville First Baptist Church, they co-taught Sunday School and were named Christian Family of the Year.
A graduate of Browns Business College, she worked for Illinois Baptist State Association from 1968-1980, in Carbondale and later Springfield. She was Associate Woman's Missionary Union Director from 1970-1973 and received the 2003 Illinois WMU Legacy Award.
After retirement she was a missions volunteer in Honolulu, Hawaii (1983-84) and in Reno, Nev. (1985-86).
A member of Springfield Southern Baptist Church, she taught Sunday School until her mid-nineties and was active in WMU, never missing her daily prayer calendar for missionaries.
A 26-year original resident of Oak Terrace (now Hickory Glen), she served multiple terms as president of the resident association. She was an avid reader, Scrabble player and puzzler.
She is survived by two daughters, Jane (Ron) Stockton of Dearborn, Mich., and Janet Craynon of Springfield; two grandsons, Greg Stockton (Cathy) and Edward (Brenda) Stockton; four great-grandchildren: Carolanne Stockton, Sarah Stockton, Daniel Stockton and Hannah Stockton; brother-in-law, Edward (Phyllis) Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one infant son, Edward Everett Williams, and her younger sister, Martha Wiswell Colp.
Burial is Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville.
A memorial service will be held Sept. 19 at Springfield Southern Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to: Illinois Touch Tomorrow Today at WMU Foundation, 100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242.