Helen J. Garner, 89

Helen J. Garner, 89, North Manchester, passed away at 9:59 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2016 at Timbercest.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, to Nicholas and Sophia (Archer) Yeager. Helen graduated from Springfield Township High School in 1944, then went on to graduate from Manchester College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1950, and then completed her Masters in 1977. She taught elementary education in LaVerne and Clairmont, Calif., and in Hobart. She taught in the Manchester Community School system for 18 years retiring in 1985.

She was a member of Wabash County Retired Teachers Association, North Manchester Shepherds Center and was active in Manchester College Women's Club. She was a member of First Brethren Church, North Manchester where she was active as a Deaconess, Women's Missionary Society, Joy Circle, where she frequently led Bible studies. She served on the Brethren Church Indiana District Board of Christian Education and three years on the General Conference Executive Committee of the Brethren Church. She loved theater and music, athletic events, cross stitching and word games.

Helen married Warren K. Garner on Dec. 17, 1949. He survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Dr. Gregory L. (Paula Frantz) Garner, Wabash, and the Rev. Timothy P. (Beth Hoover) Garner, Noblesville; four grandchildren, Erica, Adam, Katie, and Nick; one great-grandchild, Meiana.

Helen is proceeded in death by her parents, Nicholas and Sophia Yeager, three brothers, and two sisters.

Family and friends may call Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, from 2-5 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Services will be held Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at 11 a.m. with calling one hour prior to the service at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Ron Burns will officiate.

Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Helen J. Garner, memorial contributions may be made to Warren K. & Helen J. Garner Teacher of the Year Fund at Manchester University, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962 or First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore St., North Manchester, IN 46962.

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Posted on 2016 Feb 26