Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Helen Lucile Elliott, 95, of West Mansfield, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Logan Acres Care Center, after a short illness.
She was born north of West Mansfield on Feb. 8, 1919, a daughter of the late Adair B. and Ida Conrad Cowan.
On July 2, 1939, she married Jonathan Drake Elliott in Mt. Vernon, Ky., and he preceded her in death Aug. 22, 2004. She also was preceded in death by a son, Charles Elliott; brothers, Clinton Dale and Robert Conrad Cowan; sisters, Nellie Vernon and Donnabelle Jacobs; brothers-in-law, Ralph and Donald Elliott; and sisters-in-law, Florence Mortimore and Virginia Inskeep.
She is survived by a daughter, Marjorie (Dean) Oliver of West Mansfield; a daughter-in-law, Debra Elliott of Tontogany; granddaughter, Michelle (Travis) Elsass; grandson, Chris (Josie) Oliver; great-grandchildren, Kashton and Everly Elsass and Savannah Oliver; a brother, Richard (Bonnie) Cowan of Belle Center; brother-in-law, Ronald “Huck” (Sue) Elliott of West Mansfield; and many nieces and nephews.
A 1938 graduate of West Mansfield High School, she completed beautician school in Columbus. She operated a beauty shop in West Mansfield for a short time before World War II and moved to Cincinnati with her sister and worked at the Frontier Beauty Salon. While there, she did the hair of Doris Day, who was singing at WLW at the time. After the war, she and Johnny moved back to West Mansfield, where she opened another beauty shop and would continue doing hair until age 89.
She was a member of the West Mansfield United Methodist church, the United Methodist Women, the West Mansfield American Legion Post 603 Ladies Auxiliary and the West Mansfield King’s Daughters Silver Circle.
Helen and Johnny enjoyed western-style square dancing with the Hi-Point See-Saws and was a member of several ladies bridge clubs. She enjoyed almost all board and card games, especially Scrabble and bridge. She was a very competitive bridge player.
The Rev. Doug Thompson officiates a memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at West Mansfield United Methodist Church, where visitation is one hour prior.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Mansfield United Methodist Church.
Arrangements were handled by the Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, where condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.