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Obituary for Helen Irene Williams
Helen Irene (Kurts) Williams, age 83 of Brocton, passed Monday, December 10, 2012 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL. Helen was born on September 30, 1929 to Lester and Mabel (Towell) Kurts in Douglas County, IL. She married Lewis Mattern on November 27, 1953; he preceded her in death in 1977. She then married George Williams on July 20, 1985 at the Brocton Christian Church; he preceded her in death in 1991. Helen had a thirst for knowledge, which encouraged her to go back to college at the age of 40 to earn a bachelor’s degree, become a teacher and teach for many years. She also enjoyed reading and having a good time. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Ladies Aide, Redmon Christian Church and was treasurer for the Village of Brocton. Helen is survived by a nephew Stan Vaught of Brocton, IL; two great-nieces Michelle Moore and Lisa Brannon and several children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by marriage. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; one brother and one sister. Per Helen’s request, a graveside service will be held Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with a viewing beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Payne Cemetery in Brocton, IL. For those who wish, memorials may be made to Redmon Christian Church.