Helen Josephine (Bryant) Fowler was born November 20, 1946 to Wesley and Flossie Bryant, of Vandalia, Mo. Helen grew up in Vandalia, where she attended Lincoln Elementary School. Her favorite memories were spending time with her family and friends.
She married Harry E. Fowler of St. Louis on Jan. 25, 1965 and made their home in Vandalia where they raised their children before moving to Mexico, Mo.
During her Vandalia stay she attended Van-Far High School. Helen enjoyed nature and being outdoors. Helen was an avid pet lover. Throughout her life she owned and loved many different animals-everything from cats and dogs to chickens, pigs, and goats.
She was a dedicated hard worker, having worked at such places as Bobby Brooks garment factory, Harbison-Walker Refractories, both in Vandalia, A.P. Green Refractories, I-Line, and Dawn Foods in Mexico plus many more places. In her later years, she also worked as a cook for Mexico Public Schools. Her dedication and work ethic led to many supervisory positions in all work places. Helen is remembered by many for her tiny size and hard work.
Helen’s profound faith was Christianity. She had an impact on everyone she met, and her kind and giving spirit touched many lives. She was a member of the Second Christian Church in Vandalia.
Regardless of the many challenges she endured she was always available to offer advice, provide a listening ear, or help those in need. Additionally, her love of life has been installed in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Helen is survived in the home by her husband, Harry E. Fowler of Mexico, Mo.; two children, Kimberly Long (Clifton), and Jason Delane Fowler (Jasmine), all of Mexico, Mo. She is also survived by three sisters, Joyce Jackson (Nathanial) of Mexico, Mo.; Ethel Tender (Paul), of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and Laura Williams (Weldon), of University Park, Ill. Helen has five beloved grandchildren, Kymberly (Boo-Boo) Brown (Kevin), of Mexico, Mo.; Khala (Pumpkin) Fowler, of Jefferson City, Mo.; Kai-Lyn Fowler, of Mexico, Mo.; Kacyn Pickering, of Carlisle, Iowa; and Houston Fowler, of Mexico, Mo.; and a host of nieces and nephews. Helen also has two great-grandchildren, Khloee Hinkle, of Mexico, Mo., and one on the way.
Visitation will be held at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia on Saturday, January 18, 2014, beginning at noon until the start of funeral services at 2 p.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Helen’s name to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support children with cancer. Checks can be made out to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.