Helen  Howard


Helen L. Howard, 97, of Westville, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Gardenview Manor, Danville.
She was born April 19, 1921, the daughter of Walter Scott Pate and Mergie Lou George Pate.
She was married to Verlin Howard on September 7, 1943, until his passing on January 13, 1966.
She also was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Mergie; her sisters, Barbara Pate Carson and Bonnie Pate Howard; and her brothers-in-law, Oscar Howard and Harold Howard.
Helen is survived by her sister, Lois Pate Howard of Westville, Ill., and her brother, Richard (Teri) Pate of Westville.
Helen was a homemaker until Verlin's death and then was employed by the Danville Veterans Affairs hospital as a certified nursing assistant for 23 years until her retirement.
She was a very caring person who loved helping those in need. Although she had no children of her own, Helen helped raise several other children and babysat for many more. She was known as a very loving person who had strict values and high moral character and demanded the same from others.
Helen was very close to her family and had a very strong connection with two of her great-nieces, Jennifer Howard Pulgar and Mandy Howard Wagner; and her niece, Lori Huebner. Her special friends also included Gary, Danny, Tony Moore and Charlie Johnson.
She was a proud member of Westville First Church of Christ for many years. Her hobbies included crossword puzzles, watching children, visiting and helping family and friends, and sitting on her front porch.
A celebration of Helen's life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, at Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Westville, 414 S. State St., with John Mincy officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest in McKendree Cemetery, Westville.
Memorial donations may be given in her name to Westville First Church of Christ. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on April 8, 2019
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Becky Underwood
Apr 16, 2019
Even thou i got paddled when you baby sat me i probably deserved it. I will always love you aunt Helen.
Love your great niece
Becky Johnson-Underwood