March 24, 1937 – October 10, 2014
Helen Estep, age 77, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully following a long illness while surrounded by her loving family and friends on Friday, October 10, 2014.
Born in Jolo, WV on March 24, 1937, Helen was the daughter of the late Harvey Sweeney and Lilly M. Poore Sweeney. Affectionately known as “Bird” by her daughter and granddaughter, she devoted her life to caring for her family and was a talented homemaker.
Helen was an exceptionally strong individual who overcame numerous challenges throughout her lifetime by drawing upon sheer determination and a positive outlook. An avid Phillies fan, she enjoyed watching games with her son-in-law, Bill. Helen adored Elvis and loved classic television, especially the Andy Griffith Show. Happiest in the company of her loved ones, she cherished family vacations. Helen will be remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Estep, Sr., son-in-law, Michael Prentice, Sr. and a grandson, Justin. Helen is survived by her children, Norma J. McKelvey (Bill) of New Castle and Edward Estep, Jr. (Dawn) of Texas; brother, John C. Sweeney of Elkton, MD; 5 grandchildren, Amy, Michael (Nikki), William, Chris and James; and 3 great grandchildren, Alysia, Maddie and Emiliano.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 7 pm until 9 pm on Thursday evening, October 16, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. Helen will be laid to rest with her husband in the W.A. Estep Cemetery, Paynesville, WV.