Helen Lucille Wilson


March 30, 1931 – May 29, 2018

EVANSTON — Helen was born in rural Hersey, Maine, to a large, combined family. In her teens, she traveled to New York and Massachusetts to see the world and begin her wandering life.

Helen met and married Don Brown who was in the Army and together with their three children they traveled the country and the world. They were later divorced and she married a tall, dark haired cowboy, Bud Jolley, and began a whole new chapter. She was one of the world’s best waitresses, became a licensed beautician, a cowgirl, a seamstress, a gold miner and a truck driver. After they divorced, she married LeNoy Wilson and continued her wanderings as a snowbird, doing mining and jewelry making, painting, weaving and many crafts.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, LeNoy; her parents, Henry and Nellie Myrick; her siblings: Noel Shakespeare, Joyce Shakespeare, Betty Morse, Irene Gardner, Iva Weimman, Isabelle Barney and James Myrick, and all of their spouses. She was also preceded in death by her, son Donald W. Brown, Jr.; and a grandson, Kristopher Schwartz.

She is survived by her daughters: LeRae Swisher and Barbara Roitz; her grandchildren: Chad (Traci) Harris, Kelly (Melonie) Harris, SummerDawn (Travis) Brown, Jodi Barton, Steven (Jenilee) Schwartz, Layci (Cody Carmichael) Swisher and Kathryn Roitz. Helen was blessed to have met her great and many of her great-great grandchildren.

Helen lived her life on her own terms and always enjoyed a new adventure and traveled. We wish her joy and love in the new adventures on which she has embarked.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Crandall Funeral Home in Evanston.

Condolences may be made at www.crandallfhevanston.com.

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