Online Obituaries

In Loving Memory
Helen E. Exley
9/5/1907 - 6/17/2013

A memorial service to celebrate Helen's life has been planned and will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Van United Methodist Church, Rte. 322 in Cranberry. 

A time of gathering and visiting will begin at  church at 10 a.m. and light snacks will be available. 

Helen Elizabeth Exley, 105, a longtime resident of Van, Cranberry Township, and most recently of The Caring Place in Franklin, made her final journey on June 17, 2013. 

Born September 5, 1907 she was a daughter of John and Anna Haggerty Exley. 

She taught girls' Sunday School class and was a team leader for many years where she took youth camping at Cherry Run Methodist Campground. 

Helen taught with the Cranberry School District for forty-five years. 

Her hobbies included reading, flower gardening, acrylic painting, caring for children, her family, and her beloved dogs.  She enjoyed making and providing floral arrangements for the Van Methodist Church. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Tom, Jim, and John Exley; and her  sister, Grace Exley Ziegler.  Helen was like a second mother to Grace's children throughout their lives, Eloise and Marshall, Nyle and June, Bob, and Don and Audrey. 

She is survived by Dora and many nieces and nephews.  Helen was a 'mother', aunt, and best friend to all. 

The Hile-Best Funeral Home, Inc. in Seneca, Cranberry Township is completing funeral arrangements. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Venango County Humane Society, PO Box 1045, Oil City, PA  16301; or to a charity of one's choice. 

Condolences may be sent online by visiting

Online Condolences
From: Barbara A. Boyer McLain   Mattoon Illinois
Relationship:  Former student, 1953-54

There is a joyful celebration in Heaven as one so dearly loved is welcomed Home. My sincere condolences to the family on your loss.
Sent:  6/26/2013
From: Nadine Boyer   Olney Illinois
Relationship:  Former student

Went to Cranberry Grade School 1st through 3rd grade. Remember those days well!! Heaven is getting another great teacher!!
Sent:  6/26/2013
From: Robert (Bob) Barrett   Lakeland Florida
Relationship:  Former Student (64-65)

My first grade teacher and I have never forgotten her. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
Sent:  6/30/2013
From: Ralph L. Perry   Aberdeen Maryland
Relationship:  Student

My first grade teacher at Salina School and I have never forgotten her. I seen her last at my mothers funeral who was also a school teacher. A great teacher and person.
Sent:  7/2/2013
From: Richard Wise   Tarentum PA
Relationship:  Student in her first grade class

May God bless her family. My memories of her are special. She told me that when I grew up to be an artist, I could come to show her class some of my artwork. Little 6 year old that I was, I said, "I couldn't do that, because by then she would be in a rocking chair." I have now been a pastor for 30 years, and will always treasure that first year in school, and proud that Miss Exley was my teacher!
Sent:  7/3/2013

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