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Helen B. Cordell - 93

10/18/1922 - 2/27/2016

Macomb Formerly of Colchester

Helen B. Cordell, age 93 of Macomb, formerly of Colchester, passed away February 27, 2016, at O.S.F. in Peoria, Illinois.  She was born October 18, 1922, in Novinger, Missouri, to Frank and Lucy Donnelly Beck. Helen married Carroll DeVere Danner in Arlington, Virginia on October 28, 1944, he preceded her in death on January 2, 1961.  She later married James W. Cordell, in Macomb, Illinois on April 14, 1961, he preceded her in death on August 30, 2010.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, 4 Brothers: Henry S. Beck, Frank Beck Jr., Harold Beck, Robert Beck, 2 Sisters: Virginia Murphy, and Ina Reynolds.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Daughter Lucinda (Grant) Gainey, Cary, North Carolina, 2 Grandchildren: Ryan and Bridget.
Helen was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb, McDonough District Hospital Auxiliary.
Cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorial service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb with Rev. Mike Thomas.  The family will meet with friends following the service in the church Narthex.  Private internment will be held at a later date at Gibson Cemetery, Fandon and Astoria Cemetery, Astoria.  Memorial is to Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements.  To leave condolences to the family visit online at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

Gathering of Friends

Following the services on March 12 in the Church Narthex

Memorial Service:

2:00 P.M. Saturday March 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb


  • Estelene Bodenhamer

    on 03/07/16

    Helen became a friend late in our lives when we met at the Colchester Senior Center. She was a kind and gentle person and I am glad she was able to have so many active years.
  • Chuck and Janice Butterfield

    on 03/11/16

    Loved visiting with Helen . She loved to read so we would share books. Was a great Lady to have as a neighbor (even if it wasn't always right next doors) Miss her at the house, but know she liked the Everly House. Rest in Peace Helen. Chuck and Janice Butterfield
  • Lisa McMillen Herman

    on 03/22/16

    Ms. Cindy.... you may not remember me but I use to come to Helen and Jim's fishing with my dad, George McMillen. I am so sorry for your loss... I did not know as we were out of town... my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.... so sorry I could not meet your family... I have a lot of precious memories... and I pray you do too....... Love & Thoughts, Blessings & Prayers... Lisa McMillen Herman

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