Helen “Jean” Sylvester

BLUEWELL — Helen “Jean” Sylvester, 85, of Lorton Lick Road, Bluewell, formerly of McComas, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, July 20, 2007. After a long illness she has gone home to be with the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John Sylvester. She was born on September 26, 1921 in Duhring to the late Oscar and Hilda Hurst. She was also preceded in death by her two sisters, Paulene Holloman and Tillie Nicewander and her daughter, Patricia “Patty” Isaac.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and wife. She spent her life caring for her family and friends. She was a devout Christian of the Methodist faith. She was a wonderful, caring, giving person who was loved by everyone.

A special Baptism was held by the family with the Reverend Connie Black at her home on Sunday, July 1, 2007.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, six children: Daughter, Carole Hanson and Richard Day of Roanoke, Va.; son, Johnny Sylvester and wife Ava of Princeton; daughter, Anita Belcher and husband John “Jr.” of Rock; daughter, Rita Ratliff and husband Glenn Ratliff of Princeton; son, Mitchell Sylvester and wife Patsy of Roanoke, Va.; and son, Michael Sylvester and wife Sabine of Oregon. Also her 17 grandchildren: Sherry Hanson of Princeton, Rodney Hanson of Princeton, Scott Hanson of Roanoke, Dana Steele of Princeton, Chris Sylvester of Princeton, Jill Sylvester of Princeton, Shane Belcher of Chesterfield, Va., Shellie Ingraham of Rock, Stephanie Bailey of Rock, Sarah Belcher of Rock, Heather Stock of Princeton, Krista Ratliff of Charlotte, N.C., Jennifer Arnbrister of Washington, Sandy Sylvester of Oregon, Ricky Isaac of Princeton, and two step-grandchildren, Sasha Patterson of Roanoke and Shawn Prillamon of Roanoke. Along with 20 great grandchildren and her neighbor and best friend, Elizabeth Woody; the caregivers who took care of mom over the last few years during her illness. Greta Wilhelm, Shellie Ingraham, Geraldine Smith, Teresa Morgan and Marcena Mullins and the staff of Mountaineer Home Health.

Pallbearers will be Jr. Belcher, Rodney Hanson, Shane Belcher, Chris Sylvester, Ricky Isaac and Scott Hanson.

The family will receive friends at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell on Sunday (today), July 22 from 6-8 p.m. The Reverend Connie Black, a long time family friend, will hold funeral services Monday, July 23, 2007 at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

The Cravens-Shires Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements