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Helen Wills, 91 Print E-mail

Helen Wilson Wills, 91, of Falmouth, passed away at 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at St. Elizabeth HealthCare in Edgewood.

Born on April 28, 1921 in Carlisle, she was the only child of the late Robert Uriah and Lottie Adeline Young Wilson. On December 30, 1945 she married Floyd Elmer Wills at the Carlisle Christian Church parsonage.  Helen worked in accounting and title keeping for several businesses including J.C. Penney in Newport for several years.  A resident of Pendleton County for her entire married life, Helen generously gave hundreds of hours of volunteer effort, through many organizations, to build opportunities for the youth and adult populations of Pendleton County and Kentucky.  For over 50 years, she had been an active member of the Woodmen of the World Local Lodge 611, Falmouth, where she served as secretary of the lodge for several years, chairman of the scrapbook history of the lodge and publicity chair for all lodge activities. Additionally, she earned leadership roles in the organization as the East Kentucky National Representative for four years, board member of the East Kentucky Bluegrass Woodmen Youth Camp Association, for 11 years and vice president of the Youth Camp Advisory Board. She had been  a member, director, recording secretary and legislative chairperson for the Pendleton County Farm Bureau, a former board member and treasurer for the Morgan Christian Church, Falmouth, a charter member, for over 50 years, of the Pendleton County Extension Homemaker Clubs (Kay Knarr Club), where she also served as scrapbook chairperson and the treasurer for special events,  a member of the Pendleton County Youth Fair Board, where she loved supervising the Floral Hall,  a member and treasurer, for 30 years, of the Pendleton County Cooperative Extension District Board. She attended the Falmouth Christian Church.

Surviving her, in addition to her husband of 66 years, Floyd Wills; sons, Steven Floyd (Nancy White) Wills, Florence and David Charles Wills, Winchester;  grandchildren, Lee Ann Wills (Greg) Kramer, Sue Ellen Wills (Wayne) Lemmons, Crystal Diane Wills (Brandon) Greene, Bradley David (Adreanna) Wills, Laura Susan Norman (Johnie) Tucker and John Arthur Norman; great-grandchildren, Greylee Ruth Kramer, Hunter I. Lemmons, Mia L. Lemmons, Thomas Bradley Wills, Taylor Kramer and Mariah Kramer; and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral service were held  on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth, with Steve Delany, Robert Jones and Rick Halcomb officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Johnie Tucker, John Norman, Brandon Greene, Bud Wills, Greg Kramer and Bradley David Wills. The honorary pallbearers were the officers and board of directors for Woodmen of the World Lodge #611.

The WOW Lodge #611 conducted a service in honor of Helen on Friday, May 18, 2012, during the visitation.

Interment took place at the Carlisle Cemetery, Nicholas County.

Memorials are suggested to the Falmouth Christian Church, 303 W. Shelby Street, Falmouth, Ky. 41040 or the Pendleton County 4-H Clubs, 45 David Pribble Dr., Falmouth, KY 41040.

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