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 Helen Buck <I>Greiner</I> Downes

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Helen Buck Greiner Downes

  • Birth 1 Jan 1918 Morstein, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 5 Feb 2007 West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 46363327

Helen G. Downes, 89, of West Chester, devoted wife and loving mother, went home to be with her Lord Monday, Feb. 5, 2007.

She was the wife of Woodrow W. Downes, with whom she shared 54 years of marriage.

Born in Morstein, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Elsie May Smith Greiner.

A lifelong resident of West Chester, she lived her entire married life in the home that her husband built and carefully maintained.

In 1955, she accepted Jesus Christ as her savior and later became an active church member. From 1973 to 1998 she was a member of the Bible Baptist Church of West Chester, where she was involved in soul-winning, choir and the Women's Missionary Fellowship. In 1998, she became a member of the Faith Community Baptist Church in West Bradford.

In addition to her husband, Helen is survived by a daughter, Beverly Woolfrey and husband, Fran of West Chester; five grandchildren, Kelly Woolfrey Fellows, Vikki Downes Stewart, Scott Downes, Nathaniel Woolfrey and Curtis Downes; and a brother, Martin L. Greiner and wife, Bernice, of Auburn, Wash.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Lyric; a son, W. Alan Downes; a brother, H. Wesley Greiner; and a sister, Elsie Mae Greiner.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Faith Community Baptist Church, Shadyside Road and Glenside Drive in West Bradford Township, where family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Interment will be in Green Mount Cemetery, West Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the WJEA Ministries, c/o Granite Baptist Church, 7823 Oakwood Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21061.

Arrangements are being handled by the Founds Funeral Home Inc., of West Chester, 610-696-0134. Online condolences may be made to

Social Security Death index:
Born:01 Jan 1918
Died:05 Feb 2007
Last Residencd: 19382 (West Chester, Chester, PA)

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  • Created by: Dan Oh
  • Added: 5 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46363327
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Helen Buck Greiner Downes (1 Jan 1918–5 Feb 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46363327, citing Green Mount Cemetery, West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Dan Oh (contributor 46803017) .