Helen Stives, age 86 of the Martin’s Landing in Girard, Pa., went home to be with the Lord and her preceding family on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, Pa.
Helen was born in Wirt, New York on January 29, 1929, the daughter of the late Clarence Asa and Mabel Lydia (Miller) Canfield.
Helen worked for many years at the ACME plant in Allegheny, New York and the Better Baked Foods in North East, Pa. When she wasn’t working to help provide for the family, she was doing the job she liked the best and that was being “Mom”.
Helen was a member of the Federated Church in East Springfield where she was a member of the Senior Center. She took an active part at both the Senior Center and the Church by helping in the kitchen, making lap robes to give to people in need, and preparing the communion bread. She also enjoyed working on plastic canvas projects and then putting candy in them and passing them out to many people as gifts or just for fun. She was noted for her cooking and her baking. She also enjoyed camping with her sister, Arlouine and Playing piano and singing with her other sister, Fran.
Besides her parents, Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Willard Stives and two sons; Steve and Butch Stives, three sisters: Marion, Hazel, and Dorothy, and two brothers; Bob and Clyde Canfield.
Helen is survived by her son, Mike Stives and his long-time companion, Nancy Taylor of Conneaut, Ohio and two sisters; Arlouine Magee of Allegheny, NY and Fran Haines of Machias, NY. She is also survived by two grandchildren: Cathy Fellows (Jess) and Bill Taylor (Lonnie) and four great-grandchildren: Ashley and Keith Fellows and Dain Hunt and Damon Taylor.
Family and friends are invited to call at the Jean Evans Thompson Funeral Home, 11883 Main Street, East Springfield, Pa. on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from7 to 9 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. with Pastor Ed Huntley of the Federated Church, Officiating. Burial will be in Springfield Cemetery, East Springfield, Pa.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Springfield Volunteer Fire Dept. P.O. Box 79 East Springfield, Pa 16411 or to the Charity of One’s Choice.