Helen Newell Obituary

A home-going celebration will be held Thursday at St. John M.B. Church in Joliet.

Helen Newell
Helen Newell

Helen R. Newell

Helen Newell was born on August 3, 1941, to the union of Joe and Florence (nee McLaurin) Holder. She departed this life on Saturday, August 24, 2013, with her family by her side.

She was united in holy matrimony to Leonard Newell and to this union, seven children were born. Helen relocated to Joliet, Illinois, in 1970. While living here, she made many friends, plus the friends in Mississippi who all remained her friends throughout her life, so many, we cannot begin to name you all. Just know it was a special relationship tailored just for you.

She was an extraordinary woman when it came to being our mom, and grandmother, or friend, and baking cakes, oh, the cakes and pies. Some of you know what we’re talking about. We will greatly miss them. She retired from Red Lobster, but continued to work as a grandparent in the classrooms of Woodland Elementary School in Joliet, Illinois.

Survived by her daughter Suzette; sons Bobbie (Marie), Dennis (Diane), Douglas and Donald (Veronica); half brother Walter Keys; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; special cousin Marjean Hughes; special friends Fannie Baker, Louise Carson and Dorothy Tucker; extended church family, relatives and friends

We hope you have enjoyed our mother’s life as much as we have. Take a moment, think of her and we’re sure you will smile. We love you, momma, and we miss you desperately.

She will lie in repose on Thursday, August 29, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at 7:00 PM at St. John M.B. Church, 104 E. Zarley Blvd., Joliet, Ill. Home-going celebration at 7:00 PM, with Pastor Herbert Brooks Jr. officiating. Interment Friday, August 30, 2013 10:00 AM at Elmhurst Cemetery, Joliet, Ill.

Minor-Morris Funeral Home

112 Richards St. (815) 723-1283


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