Helen was a graduate of Rockford High School, a homemaker, and lived in Mercer County the majority of her life. She was a member of New Horizons Community Church, Rockford, a member of the Gideons, and was very active in the church's denominational missions and was on the mission board for a number of years. Helen had worked at the Rockford Hardware in Rockford for awhile, the Ford dealership in Convoy, Ohio, and also at the Van Wert Gospel Bookstore in Van Wert, Ohio.
Surviving in addition to her husband Bill are one son, Rev Mark (Kathy) Rutledge of Rockford, one daughter Sherrill (Richard) Gibbs of Babson Park, Florida , a sister, Pauline Sell of Rockford, and a stepdaughter, Connie (John) Crowe. Surviving are seven grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren, and 3 step great grandchildren. A daughter-in-law, Linda Rutledge survives in Stryker, Ohio, along with a sister-in-law, Gerrie Akom. Deceased is her son, Tim Rutledge, four brothers: John, Russell, Bill, and Rea Book, and two sisters, Mae Thomas and Olive Leighner. One stepson, William E. Hurless, Jr. preceded in death as well.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, Ohio, with Pastor Dave Souers officiating. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Global Ministries, Church of the United Brethren in Christ, 302 Lake Street, Huntington, IN, 46750 or to the Gideons.
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