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Helen Estep  

Helen Estep

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.

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  1. Donna Boggs, October 12, 2014

    Norma and family…
    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you always. Try to find peace in your hearts knowing that she will always be in your hearts. She is no longer in pain and is in the house of our Lord. You gained a very special guardian angel. God Bless you all.

  2. Abbie Loveless, October 12, 2014

    One of the sweetest honest courageous and strong women I have known. Helen through all her problems always made me smile and always let me know she loved me. She has had and always will have a very special place in my heart. She and Ed always treated me like a daughter and always made me feel loved and welcome. She was a great Mother to many but her strength and character show in her children and grandchildren. I am so happy to have known her in a special way. She will truly be missed. Rest in peace little bird.

  3. Perla Halter Ivey, October 12, 2014

    Norma,Eddie and families, so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with all of you.

    Perla and family

  4. Ollie Marie Estep, October 12, 2014

    Aunt Helen,

    You will be sadly missed by all who knew you. I’m so sad to have to say goodbye to you, but so very happy to know that you will be joining the love of your life in Heaven. You both loved each other so very much. Thank you for all of the laughs and hugs. I will love you forever, my favorite aunt.

    Ollie Marie

  5. Lanita Justus, October 12, 2014

    Norma and Eddie…words can’t express the sorrow I feel for you both. I am thankful for all the memories your mom has left us all with. My first memory of your mom was when we moved back to the US. Your parent’s home was the first place we went to. And after I grew up, they both made sure to visit me in Grundy every time they were in the area. Your mom was an amazing person whom I love very much and I will treasure my memories of her forever. Aunt Helen and Uncle Edward together forever

  6. Rebecca Lightbourn, October 13, 2014

    thinking of the family in this diffucult time

  7. Sandy Estep-Shull, October 13, 2014

    I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family. I remember going to Grandma Esteps and she was always the life of the family. Always happy and took great pride in her looks. I always loved her and Edward so much.
    May God comfort your broken hearts and give you strength to face each day. I love you Norma and Eddie Jr.
    Love , Sandy

  8. Bonnie Phillips Foley, October 13, 2014

    So sorry to hear about Helen’s passing….had so many great memories growing up around her and her family….Love this Lady….

  9. Diana and Dave Breakiron, October 13, 2014

    We were so sorry to hear about your Mom. Sending hugs to you. Love Di and Dave

  10. Jeremy chisom, October 14, 2014

    Sorry for your loss, she’s with god now.

  11. Jasmine Willis, October 14, 2014

    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Estep. I got to know briefly during her time at Arbors nursing facility. She was the sweetest little lady! It is my hope that you find comfort in the Bible’s promise of a time when sickness and death will be things of the past. -Revelation 21:4

  12. Sharon Torterotot, October 14, 2014

    Norma, Eddie, and rest of family. So sorry to hear the loss of your Mom. She’s in heaven now. God bless you all.


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