Helen B. (Case) (Dunham) Work (1924 - 2016)

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Helen B. (Case) (Dunham) Work, age 91, of Brookville, Pa., passed away on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, as a patient of Penn Highlands Brookville Hospital, in the presence of her loving family.
She was born on Dec. 8, 1924, in Pine Creek Twp., Jefferson Co., Pa., to the late Herbert J. and Clara A. (Gould) Case.
Helen's beautiful life story includes a special path that could be used as a plot of a bestselling love story. Originally she was engaged to Homer E. Work; Homer joined the military and asked Helen to continue her life while he was gone. She fell in love with Frank M. Dunham and they were married in Big Run, Pa., on Sept. 13, 1944. After 33 years of hard work and life building, Frank passed away on Sept. 1, 1977. Years later, she was attending her granddaughter's talent show where she was playing the fiddle; serendipitously she reconnected with Homer during the program, and on July 20, 1985, they were married in Brookville, Pa. Together Helen and Homer combined their families, completing a lifelong story and continuing forward together for 16 more years, until Homer passed away on Oct. 14, 2001.
Helen started her working life as a counter server at the Dixie Diner from 1942– 1944. When she and Frank were married she started her journey as a care giver; not only for her own family. She cared for many people personally in their homes, as well as babysitting and providing selfless service for her family and friends. After Frank's passing in 1977, she went to work for Wes King at the American Hotel Interchange. She stayed there until she retired in 1984, just prior to marrying Homer.
Helen was a Christian woman with great faith and a willingness to serve others. Throughout her life she was active in and attended many churches including the Bethel Independent Church, the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, Lake City Methodist Church, and the Kirkman Independent Baptist Church. Some activities where she gave of her time and talents include volunteering to help with children as a Child Evangelism Volunteer, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and actively participating in the Richardsville Women's Christian Temperance Union.
She liked bluegrass music and she loved Daniel O'Donnell; she attended two of his concerts. She did not quilt, but she liked to embroider, and much of her work was used as quilt tops. She worked alongside Frank, attending to their farm and family, she loved to whistle while she worked. She traveled to many places and states. She and Homer loved their pets, especially dogs, went coon hunting, loved to go to auctions, and traveled to many local attractions such as the Tom Mix Museum. She definitely made the most of her 91 years.
Helen is survived by three daughters, Lucy Palmer, Lillian (Larry) Mills, Kathryn (Donald) Suhan; two sons, William (Tammy) Dunham, Charles (Janet) Dunham; two stepsons, Earl (Kathy) Work, Robert (Patricia) Work; two brothers-in-law, Emerson Himes, Herbert (Norma) Work; two sisters-in-law, Emma Work, Janet Work; five granddaughters: Ann Palmer Austin, Tammy D. Mills, Ashley (Dan) Hess, Melissa Dunham, Jennifer Long; nine grandsons: Randall (Espranza) Palmer, Robert (Jennifer) Palmer, Larry (Sherry) Mills Jr., Isaiah (Kathy) Dunham, Christopher Dunham, Donald (Jessica) Suhan, Carl Suhan, Jason Suhan, James (Stephanie) Dunham; three step-granddaughters, Amanda (Craig) Green, Jessica Work, Tina Dworksy; one step-grandson, Justin (Angela) Work; 10 great-granddaughters: Camille Palmer, Jada Palmer, Kaleighan Mills, Jade Suhan, Josie Suhan, Megrah Suhan, Cadence Suhan, Cara Dunham, Lani Songer, Maura Dunham; four great-grandsons: Dominic Palmer, Chase Palmer, Bryce Dunham, Owen Hess; three step-great-grandchildren, Caleb Green, Cadance Green, Dakota Dworksy; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to her husbands and parents, Helen is preceded in death by one son, Daniel Elmer Dunham; one son-in-law, David Palmer; one stepdaughter, Patricia Work; four sisters: Anna Mae Wolfe, Arlene Himes, Kathryn (Bartlett) Himes, Avinell Park; and one brother, James Case.
Family and friends will be received on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, from 5 – 8 p.m., at the McKinney–d'Argy Funeral Home, ltd, 345 Main St., Brookville, PA, 15825. A second viewing will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, from 10 – 11 a.m., at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, corner of Stone Road and Route 36 North in Brookville, Pa. A funeral service will immediately follow the second viewing at the church, beginning at 11 a.m., and officiated by the Rev. J. Ray Baker. Interment will take place at Lakelawn Memorial Park, Winslow Twp., Jefferson Co., Pa.
She touched many lives and was involved in many things, so her family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to any cause that is special to the donor.
Online condolences and other information may be found at www.mckinneydargy.com.
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Published in The Courier Express on Oct. 18, 2016