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Helen Lucille Decker

Helen Lucille Decker

Helen Lucille Decker, 104, of Clarence, formerly of Macon, passed away on Nov. 29 at the Clarence Care Center.

Helen was born July 19, 1916 at Macon, the daughter of Henry and Ivy (McAnally) Bamman. Helen graduated from Callao High School, Class of 1935. She worked as a telephone operator prior to her marriage to Charles L. Decker, February 22, 1940 in Kirksville. They lived and farmed most of their marriage on the family farm south of Callao until Charles health required them to move to Macon in 1985. She worked on the farm raising chickens and always planted a huge garden to share with neighbors. She often cooked for farm hands that always loved her wonderful meals. She loved having her nephews and nieces visit during the summer months. She was a wonderful seamstress, loved making her daughter’s wedding dress and veil. She was always willing to babysit her grandchildren and loved them very much.

Helen was a member of the Callao Christian Church and former member of the Concord Church of Christ. She taught Sunday school and loved teaching bible school. She also loved the Extension Club activities. After moving to Macon, she volunteered for Blood Mobile and Senior Nutrition Center.

Helen is survived by a son, Charles Stephen (Steve) Decker of Callao; a daughter, Teresa Ann Milburn and husband Philip Milburn of Macon; seven grandchildren, Douglas Milburn (Leigh Ann), Anna Milan, Tamara Wilhoit (Steven), Wendy Roberts (Chris), Lindsey Decker, Kate Clarke (Michael) and Joseph Decker; ten great grandchildren, Elyse, Sophia, Dwight Wilhoit, Brett, Shea and Rory Milan, Isabel, Henry and Elanor Roberts and Athena Decker; one great-great grandchild, Addison Annmarie Ibabao; and other special family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles L. Decker in 1985; one daughter-in-law, Marie M. Decker; nine brothers and sisters, Mary Morehead; Charles Bamman, Fred Bamman, Catherine Landis, Everett Bamman, Henry A. Bamman Jr., Marjory Pillers, Bob Bamman and Dorothy Bamman; grandson in-law, CW2 Mike Blaise; and grandson, Charles Peter Decker.

A private family funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 at the Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home of Macon.

Burial service followed at the Locust Grove Cemetery in Callao.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to the Locust Grove Cemetery or Tri-County Christian School.