Helen Marie Decker

March 3, 1923 - Aug. 5, 2018


Helen Marie Decker, 95, formerly of McKee and Graystone Court, Roaring Spring, passed away Sun­day at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg.

She was born in Roar­ing Spring, daughter of the late David F. and Nelli (Umbower) Claar. On Aug. 14, 1942, she married Ralph C. “Randy” Decker in Roaring Spring. He died Dec. 23, 1980, at the age of 59.

Surviving are a daughter, Carol L. Miller (Brent), of Blue Knob; five granddaughters: Tracy Miller (Julie) and Kristen Miller (Kelli), both in Ohio, Heather Miller of Blue Knob, Krista Morgan of Altoona and Courtney Decker of Roaring Spring; a great-granddaughter, Jade Decker of Roaring Spring; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her son, R. Scott “Scoots” Decker; three sisters: Grace Riley, Katherine Higgins and Martha Dodson; and two brothers: Lester Claar and infant brother, Ralph.

Helen and her husband were proprietors of Decker’s General Store, McKee, for many years. She also babysat for several families, worked at Sylvania and eventually retired from the Blair Press. She was never one to sit still.

Helen was a fashionable lady, had an infectious giggle and took great pleasure in helping others. She was known for her black raspberry cobblers, apple pies and wacky cakes. Her coffee pot was always ready for visitors. She was a history buff and especially enjoyed reading about the British royal family and American first ladies.

Helen enjoyed playing Bingo at Graystone and spending time there with her many good friends, including Dorothy “Dot” Holsinger, Norma Albright, Delores Hamilton, Peggy Ferry, Helena Dodson and the manager, Tina Plummer.

At Helen’s request, there will be no public viewing. Interment will be private at the convenience of the immediate family at Green­lawn Cemetery, Roaring Spring, with Chaplain Linda Banaszak from The Village at Morrisons Cove officiating. Arrangements are by Todd T. Thompson Funeral Home Inc., Roaring Spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Helen may be given to Leamersville Church of the Brethren.