Helen Whitlock (Whitlock) Howe

Born: Wed., Jan. 26, 1927
Died: Tue., Oct. 1, 2013


Private Family Graveside Service

2:00 PM Mon., Oct. 07, 2013
Location: Robinson New Cemetery


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MRS. HELEN WHITLOCK HOWE, AGE 86

Mrs. Helen Whitlock Howe, age 86, of Mt. Laurel, N.J. formerly of Robinson, IL, died Tuesday October 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM at her daughter’s home in New Jersey.

Born January 26, 1927 in Mt. Vernon, IL, she was the daughter of Robert B. and Bess J. (Courtaway) Whitlock.  On June 3, 1950 she married Sylvanus “Tinks” Howe and he preceded her in death.  

Helen was a graduate of Lincoln Trail College, Robinson, IL; obtained a B.A. in Linguistics and American Literature in 1974 from Eastern Illinois University and her Masters M.A. in English in 1975.  She was English Professor and taught at Lincoln Trail College, Robinson, IL for 14 years before retiring; was a published author and member of the James Jones Foundation, James Jones Literary Society.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, William Gordon “Gordy” and Gena Howe, Robinson, IL; daughter Bridget M. Howe and fiancée Dwayne Rhoads, Mt. Laurel, N.J.; brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Ruth Whitlock, Snellville, GA; Larry and Diane Whitlock, Denton, TX; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sue and Roger Gillingham, Washington, IN; Lynda and Ronald Garland, Champaign, IL; Judy and Herbert Elliott, Aurora, CO and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her parents; sisters, Jane Jansen, Lula Ruth Whitlock and a brother Bill Bob Whitlock.

There will be a Graveside service on Monday October 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Robinson New Cemetery, Robinson, IL with the Very Reverend Ann Toffani officiating.  Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL in charge of local arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to the James Jones Literary Society with envelopes available at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL.

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Judy Mikeworth Krathwohl
   Posted Wed October 02, 2013
My condolences to Helen's family on your loss. Tinks and Helen opened their homes to a lot of young people back before Tinks passed away. We had some very happy, fun times out at their house. Helen will be missed!!!

Jona Uptmor
   Posted Wed October 02, 2013
Loved Mrs. Howe as a teacher at Lincoln Trail College in the mid 70's. So sorry for your loss.

Judy Page
   Posted Fri October 04, 2013
Helen and I met when we were students together at LTC and then at EIU. Helen always had a very positive attitude and a smile to share with everyone. She was witty and jovial. I have only fond memories of Helen. I am sorry for her loss.63

Sarah Niemann Rhodes
   Posted Mon October 07, 2013
Rest in Peace, dear friend. Thanks for all the days of laughter that we shared in our many years. My condolences to Gordon, Bridget, Sue, Judy, Linda, George and Larry. I loved being a part of your wonderful family.


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