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Helen Crisp

September 27, 1922 - July 14, 2018

Helen Crisp (nee Riley), 95, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018 after an extended illness. She was born September 27, 1922 in West Point, Arkansas and was brought to Lorain, Ohio at the age of 5 months where she lived the rest of her life. She graduated from Lorain High with the class 40B and then attended Lorain Business College. She was secretary at the Francis Brothers Excavating Co. and U.S. Steel, Dock Department. She retired in 1982 after 39 years of service.

She was a member of Worship Cathedral and attended Tower Baptist Church and was a faithful member of the Sunday school and Ladies Prayer and Bible Study. She was a member of the Western Reserve Calligraphy Guild and Akron Scripts and Scribes.

Helen and her late husband raised African violets for show and won many awards on a local, state and national level. She always strived for perfections in anything she attempted. In the 70’s she joined the Greater Cleveland Ceramic Guild. She won the Freddie Award, which was the highest award in Hobby Ceramics, and the following year won “Best of Show.” After retirement, she and her late husband took up calligraphy. They took lessons at LCCC in Elyria, FAVA in Oberlin, BGSU extension in Huron, and the Beck Center in Lakewood under Myrlin von Glahn, and attended many workshops taught by nationally known lettering artists. Her work has been displayed in shows at the Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Public Library, and the Beck Center.

Helen enjoyed baking and cooking, golfing, and working crossword puzzles. She and her late husband traveled extensively throughout the world, the most memorable being the 11-day trip in the Holy Land. She was recognized for volunteering in the after-school programs. She and her husband received the Christian Service award in 1988 from the First Community Interfaith Institute and received a plaque in recognition of spiritual devotion and outstanding achievement from Worship Cathedral. Hers was a life well lived, thoughtful and giving, graced with the joys of Christian living.

Helen is survived by three caregivers, niece Valerie Dillard, great-niece Rhonda Tyree and her husband Douglas Macarthy; other nieces, nephews, cousins, god children, and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by the love of her life, her devoted husband of 56 years, Willie Crisp in 2003; her mother, Lillian (Black) Riley, and father, Arthur W. Riley; sisters, Lois Barnett, Major Tyree, and E. Marcileen Bullock; and two brothers, Alexander “Bubba” Riley and Calvin Riley.

Visiting hours will be Saturday July 21, 2018 from 10:00 AM until time of service at 12:00 PM at Tower Baptist Church, 1313 Tower Blvd, Lorain. Pastor Terrance Bivins of Worship Cathedral and Pastor Gary Dorsey of Tower Baptist Church are officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon.



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