Helen C. Edwards, 91, formerly of Bruceville, IN, passed away peacefully in Michigan on May 20, 2014, where she was cared for in her daughter’s home for two years. Helen was born May 28, 1922, in Vincennes, IN, the daughter of Samuel and Marie (Dahms) Pipher. She married Ralph L. Edwards on June 28, 1940, and he preceded her in death on March 15, 1983. During World War II, Helen worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” building P-38 airplanes for Lockheed. Later she worked for Brock Monument as an artist doing headstone layout work. She was also a house mother at Vincennes University during the last few years of her career. Helen was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary, and a lifetime member of the Northwest Art Guild. She was a gifted artist.
Helen is survived by her sons, Ralph L. (Rosalee) Edwards Jr. of Lexington, KY, and Mark L. (Martha) Edwards of Grove City, OH; daughters, Kay (Jay) Clevenger of Indianapolis, IN, and Patricia A. (Joseph) Putnam of Three Oaks, MI; grandchildren, Jennifer Edwards, Laura Edwards (David) Probus, Shannon Edwards (Robert) Points, Kristy, Matthew and Cassie Putnam; and great-grandchildren, Anna Probus, Brandon and Sawyer Edwards; brothers, Robert Pipher of Vincennes, William (Ruby) Pipher of Vincennes, and Larry Pipher of Bloomington, IN; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Edwards; parents; two sisters, Bea Stevens and Dorothy Brasseur; and brother Ralph Pipher.
The family will receive friends on Friday May 23, 2014, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Saturday May 24, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM at Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home Vincennes Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday May 24, 2014, at 10:00 AM at St. John’s Catholic Church. She will be laid to rest at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.fredrickandson.com.