KELL — Helen Sawyer, 96 of Kell passed away Wednesday 5, 2021, in Mt. Vernon.
She was born August 13, 1924, near Kell, Il., the daughter of Charles W. White and Ethel Wethington White. She married Beachy Sawyer on April 8, 1944, in Salem and he preceded her in death.
Helen and Beachy lived for many years on the farm near Kell. Helen was a farm wife helping with many of the farm chores besides being a wife and mom. She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. In later years Helen lived most of her life in Centralia. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
Besides her husband, Beachy, Helen was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter: Karen Elaine Sawyer; one son Michael Stephen Sawyer; and an infant son: Richard Sawyer. She is also preceded by sisters: Lucy Schultz, Nelda Box, Nora Habben, Esther Tucker; and Brothers: Clarence White, and Luther White.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Janet Austin and husband Elmer of Salem and by her son Ronald Sawyer and wife Charlene of Benton, and by five grandchildren: Brian Austin, Angela Smith, Chris Sawyer, Chad Sawyer, and Stephanie Sawyer. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren
Funeral services for Helen Sawyer will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the L. R. Osborn & Son Funeral Home in Kell with Pastor Lee Redfern officiating.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. until the funeral hour Saturday. Burial will follow at Bell Cemetery.