The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 26, 2012

Helena Toews

Published 10-26-12

Enid News and Eagle

ENID — Funeral service for Helena Toews, 95, of Enid, will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Enid Mennonite Brethren Church, with Revs. Lynford Becker and 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 Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Golden Oaks Nursing Center.

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

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

She married Bill Toews Nov. 18, 1944, in Enid.

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

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

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(Submitted by family)