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 www.hilebest.com