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Helen Ayers, 96, of New Kensington, went home to be with the lord in the presence of her loving family on the afternoon of Sunday, June 9, 2019. She was born November 5, 1922, in Snow Hill, AL to the late Samuel and Rose Marshall Calhoun.
Helen was a lifetime member at the First Church of God in Arnold and was very active, serving in various ministries in the congregation and community. She began as a Youth Leader, and later became President of Missionaries and the Trustee Board. Helen had an unwavering faith in God, and would still quote scriptures at age 96. She believed in the power of prayer and encouraged everyone to pray and seek the hands of God.
She was a devoted mom who loved her children and grandchildren. She was also a remarkable baker, producing her famous donuts, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and applesauce cake for family and friends.
Helen is survived by her daughter with whom she lived, Rev. Deborah Ann Ayers, of New Kensington; son, Phillip A. Ayers, of Harrisburg; grandson Leslie H. (Laura) McDonald Jr., of New Kensington; best friend, Agnes Gaston, and a host of nieces, nephews, and family friends.
In addition to her parents, her daughter, Paulette McDonald; grandson, Joseph P. McDonald, brothers, Samuel Jr. and James Marshall; sisters, Mary “May” Allen and Laura Wilder; and devoted foster sister, Rose Veal, preceded her in death.
Viewing will be Saturday, June 15 from 10 AM-12 Noon in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington where a funeral service will be held at 12 PM. Bishop Leon D. Pamphile will officiate. Burial will be private at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Leave an online condolence at www.rossgwalker.com. WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE.
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