MOUNT VERNON — Helen G. McPherson, 91, of Mount Vernon, passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at Country Court Nursing Center in Mount Vernon. She was born Dec. 11, 1923, in the front room of the family home in Mount Vernon the daughter of Neal and Myrtle (Speck) Gilt. Helen was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her family and helping others. She loved to cook, bake, spend time outdoors, play the piano and sing.

Most important in her life was her love for Jesus and the desire to live for Him and lead others to his word. She attended First Church of the Nazarene and before her marriage she played piano for Camp Sychar and the church.

She is survived by three daughters, Becky (Al) Keffer of Mount Vernon, Judy (Jerry) Friend of Bellville, and Marcia Gibson of Mount Vernon; 12 grandchildren, Doug (Christy) Keffer, Susan (John) Coleman, Rev. Andy (Rebecca) Keffer, Jayme Friend, Jeremiah (Kim) Friend, Christina Friend, Josh Friend, Chad Gibson, Nathan Gibson, T.J. Gibson, Jon Gibson and Julie (Tom) Gough; 26 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Rohler and Mary McPherson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Delbert McPherson, whom she married July 31, 1949; two grandchildren, Marcy McPherson and Jesse Friend; a great-grandson, Jack Coleman; four brothers, Oscar Gilt, Lawrence Gilt, Chester Gilt and twin brother, Paul Gilt; three sisters, Lois Gilt, Hazel Riffle and Ruth Hunter.
Friends may call Tuesday, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held Wednesday beginning at 1 p.m. Rev. Andy Keffer will be officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions in Helen’s name may be made to Acclaim Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Helen G. McPherson.


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