June 1, 1925 - March 7, 2013
Helen Moyer (nee Shipley), Age 87,
left this life to begin another with her loved ones in heaven on March 7th, 2013. Residing in Moores Hill, Indiana, Helen came down at Christmas time to enjoy warmer weather and spend time with her grandson. After a two year battle with bladder cancer, Helen passed peacefully at her son’s home in New Port Richey, Florida with the loving attendance of two of her sons – Mark and Wesley, her devoted daughter-in-law Jessica and her grandson Warren. Helen is survived by five children, two sisters, and three grandchildren.
Helen was born June 1st, 1925 in Bentonville, Ohio to William F. Shipley and Mary Shipley (nee Ellis). As a child, Helen enjoyed working on the farm and helping her father in the fields. Some of the fences that she and her father built are still standing today. Helen was the first born, and soon had a brother and two sisters to enjoy farm life with. Helen worked in a shoe factory, a furniture factory, and during the Korean War she worked in a factory that assembled hand grenades. Helen graduated from Kingman High School, Kingman, Ohio in 1944 – her graduating class had eight students.
Helen met her future husband Warren (Bill) Moyer during a social event, and they were married on May 11th, 1946. Helen and Warren had five children, the oldest and the youngest are 22 years apart. She spent most of her adult life as a housewife – a job that is often under-appreciated, but her hard work was always appreciated by her family. After her husband Warren passed in 1993, she moved to Indiana where she enjoyed traveling and going to dances with her friends. Helen was known for her vitality, her youthful appearance, and her energetic dancing. Helen liked steam trains, and she went on four trips to Chama, New Mexico to ride the Cumbres & Toltec steam railroad. Helen had a great sense of humor, and could entertain you with stories about her trips, the dances she attended, and things that happen every day. Helen loved wolves, and often wore shirts with wolves on them. She brought smiles to faces because she did not act her age, but instead she acted like someone that was enjoying life and having a good time. If a catchy tune came on the radio, she would hop up and dance a little jig. Discussing the weather with Helen was not passing the time with idle chat – she was practically a weather forecaster in her own right. Helen was adventurous and even enjoyed flying in an ultra-light aircraft with her son Mark. She had a natural green thumb, and could make even the sickliest plants come to life and bloom. She enjoyed caring for them, and in return they grew big and bloomed more than usual. Helen had an innocent way of being optimistic – for example, after the hospice nurse told her that she didn’t look her age, she proudly stated “I’ll be 88 years old the first of June!”
Although she did not watch a lot of television, she enjoyed watching NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles, along with Aerial America and sometimes a bit of America’s Funniest Home Videos. Helen liked many kinds of music, and she especially enjoyed listening to Alison Krauss and watching her live shows on DVD.
Helen will be dearly missed, and thought of fondly by those who knew and loved her. We will miss her energy, her sense of humor, and most of all we will miss her just being here with us for the journey. She lives on in our memories, and our smiles.
We would like to thank HPH Hospice for their kind care and prompt help with medications and supplies.