Helen's Story

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Helen M. Baldwin, 101, of Bensenville, Ill., formerly of Indianola, passed peacefully in her sleep Monday, June 12, 2017, at Bridgeway Senior Living in Bensenville.
She was born in Indianola, Ill., on Feb. 23, 1916, to Edmond L. and Maggie (Bradfield) Gardner.
Helen attended Indianola Schools, graduating in 1933. She was a long-time member of Indianola Church of Christ and later a member of Corner Stone Christian Church in Danville. She also was a member of the Indianola Chapter of Eastern Star.
Helen married Kenneth I. Baldwin on June 8, 1934. They had been married for 45 years at his death in 1978. They had one son, Keith I. Baldwin.
Kenneth and Helen owned and operated their own grocery store in Indianola for many years. Following that, she was employed for 25 years at Morris-Flamingo in Danville.
She leaves her son, Keith, and his wife, Pamela, who are retired educators and living in Oak Brook, Ill. She also is survived by a grandson, Shay, who is an attorney in Chicago, and his wife, Kerri, who is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Besides her husband, Helen was preceded in death by both parents; one sister, Ruby Cole; and three brothers, Earl, Clarence and "Jake" Gardner.
Helen and her husband, Kenneth, loved their "country" lives in Indianola. They loved to travel and especially loved visiting Las Vegas. Helen thoroughly enjoyed her accommodations at the Wolford Apartments in Danville, where she resided for 15 years. Her pastimes were reading and cooking, as well as being an avid sports fan.
A celebration of Helen's century-long life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 16, at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, 200 E. West St., Georgetown, with Mark Ketcherside officiating. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home prior to her service. She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in her name to Corner Stone Christian Church, 1607 Greenwood Cemetery Road, Danville, IL 61834. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 14, 2017
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