The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 27, 2012

Helena Toews

Published 10-27-12

Enid News and Eagle

ENID — Funeral services for Helena Toews, age 95, of Enid, will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Enid Mennonite Brethren Church with the Rev. Lynford Becker and the Rev. Jay Risner officiating. Burial will follow in Enid Mennonite Brethren Cemetery under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

She was born March 13, 1917, near Henderson, Neb., to George H. and Anna Rose Franz Janzen and passed away Oct. 23, 2012, in the Golden Oaks Nursing Center.

She moved to the Kremlin area in the early 1920’s, where she attended school. She attended Phillips University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate.

Helena taught in several schools in the Enid area, including elementary grades at Carrier and at Kremlin, retiring in 1980 after 30 years of teaching.

She married Bill Toews on Nov. 18, 1944, in Enid. They are members of the Enid Mennonite Brethren Church where she was active in the ladies chorus and quartet. She was a pianist and loved music. She was involved with the family farming activities. She loved cooking and baking bread and won numerous county fair awards.

Survivors include her husband, Bill, of Enid; three sons, Dennis Toews and his wife, Susan, of San Antonio, Texas, Ellis Toews of Edmond, and Eldon Toews of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; a daughter, Janice Ilsley and husband, Jay, of Claremont, Calif.; five grandchildren, Clair, Lauren, Evan, Spencer and John; a brother, Dr. Louis Janzen and wife Jean of Fresno, Calif., and a sister, Eldora Wiebe of Omaha, Neb., and a host of other family and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Enid Mennonite Brethren Church with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodians of the funds.

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(Submitted by family)