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Helen Irene Cordray

Helen Irene Cordray

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Born May 30, 1928, Helen Irene Coleman Cordray entered the mansion prepared by her Savior Jesus Christ on Feb. 12, 2020. Helen was the oldest of three daughters born to the late Velma and John Coleman at the family home in East Liverpool, Ohio.

She attended East Liverpool Public Schools. Her first job was as a dish decal worker at Edwin M. Knowles China where she met her future husband. On April 4, 1947, Earl G. Cordray and Helen were united in marriage. Helen then moved to Earl’s family home at Newell Heights where she resided for 68 years until she went to live in Virginia with her daughter, Linda. Helen was active in the Newell Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, serving as the first President. She served in several offices in the Women’s Auxiliary of Post 121 American Legion, Chester, where she was President for two terms. Helen was also a member of the Chester VFW Auxiliary. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Newell, and its choir. When her daughters were young, she was a Brownie leader. Over the years, Helen was employed at Metsch Refractories, Chester and Newell Value King. Although she did not read music, Helen played the piano, organ, and accordion by ear. For years she enjoyed visiting area nursing homes and senior clubs to entertain. Among her hobbies, she enjoyed knitting and quilting. With Earl, she raised and canned vegetables for family and friends. The two of them also participated in Meals on Wheels.

Helen is survived by her precious family, daughter Linda Marie Haddock (James); grandson Jason R. Haddock (Stacey) and great-granddaughter Reagan, granddaughter Jennifer Lynn Haddock-Morris, Wendy and Criss; daughter Ruth Ann Carson (Gerald) granddaughter Christy Ann Stewart (Kenneth) great-granddaughter Olivia Ann-Marie, grandson Jeffrey Lee Carson (Riley). Granddaughters Carrie Ann and Amy Marie Carson predeceased her. Other survivors include her special nieces Glenda Javens and Cheryl Pease (David).

The family would like to thank the medical staff at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and the personnel of the Hospice of the Piedmont for their loving concern and care for Mom.

Helen’s life will be celebrated at the Arner Funeral Chapel, Chester, W.Va. on Feb. 22, 2020, at 1 p.m. with her son-in-law, Jim officiating. Family and friends will be received one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Shadow Lawn Memorial Gardens, Newell, W.Va.