Helen Irene Lewis, 97, Niles

Published 4:51 pm Sunday, June 23, 2013

Born: Aug. 27, 1915

Died: June 20, 2013




Helen Irene (Cooper) Lewis, 97, of Niles, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Lakeland Community Hospital in Niles.

She was born Aug. 27, 1915, to the late Ira and Nellie (Smith) Cooper in Plymouth, Ind.

In June of 1933, Helen married Robert Lewis at a ceremony in Mishawaka, Ind.

Helen retired after many years of service as a folder at Simplicity Pattern Company.

She was a faithful member of Bertrand Bible Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening, bird-watching, watching kickboxing and cage-fighting, and playing with Corky, the family Yorkie.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Lewis; a son, Gerald Lewis; a son-in-law, Larry Wirick; and three brothers, Roy, Robert and Ronald Cooper; and a sister, Miriam Wigent.

Helen is survived by a son, Larry L. (Beverly) Lewis, of Niles; and a daughter, Helen C. Wirick, of Prospect, Tenn., 10 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was also survived by a sister, Elnora (Charles) Snyder, of Liberty, Texas.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 24, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Mission Hills Memorial Chapel in Niles with Pastor Tony Slagle officiating.

A time of visitation will be held beginning at noon on Monday at the Mission Hills Memorial Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s memory to the Bertrand Bible Church.

Condolences, photos and memories may be left for the family at www. BrownFuneralHomesNiles.com or on our Facebook page www.FaceBook.com/BrownFuneralHomeNiles.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services.