NORMAN — Helen Virginia Dunlap, 79, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Norman following complications related to pneumonia.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Primrose chapel, 1109 N. Porter Ave. in Norman.
Helen was born Jan. 7, 1934, in Dennison, Ohio, to Carl E. and Thelma L. (Stout) Richard. She was a 1951 graduate of Dennison High School and married Alfred C. Dunlap in 1952. She had four daughters, “the girls,” and raised them in Ohio, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Helen was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a five-year cancer survivor who embraced life every day. She volunteered at the Survivor Resource Center at Norman Regional Hospital. Helen never met a stranger, touching many people with fabric, yarn and thread. A member of the Washington United Methodist Church, she served as treasurer and co-sponsor of the youth “Sew ’n Sew” group. She was also a member of the Norman Area Quilters Guild and Community Projects Committee that makes donation quilts for local children’s organizations. Recently, she assumed the treasurer position for her guild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Clark Dunlap; very dear friend, Robert Angel; siblings Peggy, Jimmy, Lois, Dean, Mary Ellen; and her parents.
Helen is survived by her sister, Joanne Riffle of Seminole; brother, John French of Colorado; four daughters, Vicki Borycki (Dennis) of Norman, Jane Garrard (Doug) of Edmond, Barbara Williams (Mark) of Blanchard and June Sherrell (Rob) of Washington; 10 grandchildren, Lori Gustin, Ginger Church, Christi Vaughn, James Garrard, Jeremy Williams, Jacob Williams, Cheyenne Williams, Josh Reese, Angel Sherrell and Nick Sherrell; 14 great-grandchildren, AJ, Torri, Alex, Rafe, Audrie, Collier, Malakhi, Macin, Landon, Lance, Faith, Gracie, Bryan and Averie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made in her honor to: American Cancer Society (ACS), 6525 N. Meridian Ave., Suite 110, Oklahoma City, OK 73116 for Survivor Resource Center @ Norman Regional Hospital; or Norman Area Quilters Guild, P.O. Box 5221, Norman, OK 73070.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today.
Arrangements are entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service.
Online condolences may be shared at www.dignitymemorial.com/primrose.
Norman Transcript, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013