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Helen Crandall Obituary

Helen E. Crandall
Helen E. Crandall

August 27, 1919 - August 13, 2017
Born in Marion, Ohio
Resided in St. Petersburg, FL
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CRANDALL, Helen Katherine Eibling of St. Petersburg, FL died peacefully August 13, 2017, just two weeks from her 98th birthday. Born in Marion, Ohio to William Frederick and Faye Forrest (Parshall) Eibling on August 27, 1919, she was a resilient member of the Greatest Generation. She played piano and three-manual pipe organ to help support her family during the Great Depression. After graduation from Harding High School in 1937, she worked for a dentist. Her brother Wayne was killed in combat in France in World War II. She met her husband, Merwin Penfield Crandall, when she was secretary for the manager of the local Eire Railroad office. They married in 1947, and had one child, Gloria Joy. In 1956 the family moved to Eau Gallie (Melbourne) Florida. She and her husband were the first charter members of Palmdale Presbyterian Church, where she played organ and directed the choir. In 1964 the family moved to Clearwater, FL, and she was again organist and also church secretary. For twenty years until its closing she was a weekly volunteer at SPARCS resale store. Following Merwin's death in 1997, she moved to St. Petersburg, where she was a member of Saint Petersburg Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and active in the United Methodist Women of Pasadena Community Church. Preceding her in death are a brother Wayne, husband Merwin, brother Donald, and sister Thelma. She is survived by her daughter, Gloria, and many nieces and nephews. She was admired by many for her sweet disposition, her sharp mind, and her style. Her silver hair was always neat, earrings, and lipstick always worn in public. She was a dignified lady, quiet but alert with a ready giggle and a smile. Friends will be received at the Brett Funeral Home, 4810 Central Ave., Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 6-8PM. A memorial service will be held in the Goodwin Chapel at Pasadena Community Church on Friday, August 25th at 2:00PM. In lieu of flowers contributions in her name may be made to Palmdale Presbyterian Church, 684 North Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32935-6840. Private inurnment to join her husband at Bay Pines National Cemetery will be at a later date.




Brett Funeral Home
4810 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, USA 33711
Thursday, August 24, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Pasadena Community Church Goodwin Chapel
112 70th St. So.
St. Petersburg, USA 33707
Friday, August 25, 2017
2:00 PM


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