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Helen Marie Stokes – Obituary

Helen Marie Stokes, 76 of Goreville, passed away at 7:10 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2013 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale with her husband by her side.

Funeral services for Mrs. Stokes will be held at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Tim Woodard and Preacher Ronald Null officiating. Interment will follow at Busby Cemetery-Goreville.

A time of gathering for family and friends will be held at the funeral home in Goreville from 5-9 PM on Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Goreville Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or may be sent c/o Blue Funeral Home, PO Box 411, Marion, IL, 62959.

Helen was born to Cecil and Mary (Rollins) Rankin in Whitwell, Tenn. on Friday, October 30, 1936. Days before turning 22 years old, she married Wendel R. Stokes in Kane County on Thursday, October 16, 1958; he survives of Goreville.

Helen is survived by her husband of 54 years, Wendel; daughter, Deborah and Ken Retz of Goreville; son, Scott Stokes of Goreville and Hunter Squellati; grandchildren, Michael Retz of Nashville, Tenn, Kevin Retz of Goreville and Amanda Stokes of Benton; sisters, Aline and Herbert Nunley of Whitwell, Bonnie and Terril Newton of Jasper, TB and Sheila and Robert Atterton of Whitwell; brothers, Bill and Judy Rankin of Whitwell, James and Trisha Rankin of Whitwell and Jerry and Cricket Rankin of Whitwell; special friends, Marie Retz of Tinley Park and Ann Ganzer of Goreville; several nieces and nephews..

Mrs. Stokes is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Pauline Rankin; brothers, Tom Rankin and Melvin Rankin.

Helen was the former owner of Dinner Bell Restaurant. She sold her business in the 1990’s to work alongside her husband, Wendel, at the Goreville Napa store. She loved life and cookouts. Her passion was for spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Helen was a faithful wife, loving mother, doting grandmother, caring sister, patient aunt and compassionate friend. Her absence will be felt throughout the community that she so lovingly called “Home.”

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