Frances Jean Bistle Hellier
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Frances Jean Bistle Hellier, age 90, passed away on February 16, 2021, at Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg. She was the daughter of Robert Bistle and Mabel Thompson Bistle. Preceding her in death were her parents, her son E. Kevin Hellier, two brothers, and two sisters. She is survived by her husband, Donald J. Hellier; son, Benjamin R. Hellier (Cathy); five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Russell and sisters, Ann and Lynn, as well as many nieces and nephews and their children. Mrs. Hellier had a special relationship with her nieces, Donetta and Vonnie Lynne. Jean was born and raised in Finleyville, Washington County, PA, and lived for a number of years in Hermitage, PA, before moving to Williamsburg in the 1990s. She was a member of Jamestown Presbyterian Church. Jean was the consummate housekeeper. No one kept a cleaner and more organized home. She was an excellent needleworker, and her family cherishes the items she made. Jean's cooking was legendary, and her home was always open to her children's friends. She was like a second mother to Norman Swiger and Paul Baxter. Jean enjoyed playing pinochle with her family and friends. The family wishes to thank her caregiver Annie as well as everyone who works at Hospice House and supports that institution. A memorial service will be held when it is safe to gather. Donations may be made to Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg. Nelsen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and condolences may be shared at

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Published in Virginia Gazette on Feb. 20, 2021.
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February 21, 2021
Although we lived miles apart we always visited with long phone calls with lots of laughs and a few tears. I will miss hearing her “hello”! Thankful for those who cared for her and especially Don and Ben. She loved her role as the family Matriarch. We can take comfort knowing she is with loved ones who went before her. Love always Lynn
Lynn Jameson
February 20, 2021
Aunt Jean was one of a kind! She was a wonderful wife to Uncle Don and the best “Boy Mom” to Kevin and Ben before being a “Boy Mom” was cool. I feel so blessed to have had her as an Aunt. She was a great influence on my life. She was firm but fair and I always knew where I stood with her. I have so many fond memories of her from my childhood....just to name a few....Sunday dinners at her home, lots of shopping, going out for fish dinners, how perfect her living room always looked, playing games at the kitchen table. I loved her very much and miss her dearly. I take comfort in knowing she is safe in Gods loving arms.
Suzi Smith
February 20, 2021
Jean was a very good sister and Aunt. I have very good memories of her. She helped make a beautiful wedding for me and Charlie. She and I were there for each other when we had our children. I loved her very much.
Ann Price
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