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Helen Lois (Wright) Stoner

July 10, 1919 ~ May 20, 2018 (age 98)


Helen Lois Stoner, 98, of Urbana passed away at 9:14 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Champaign County Nursing Home.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Mt. Hope Mausoleum in Champaign. Family will receive visitors for thirty minutes, prior to the funeral.

Helen was born on July 10, 1919 in Ogden to parents Charles and Cora (Lee) Wright. They preceded her in death.

In 1938 she married H. Eugene Stoner, he passed away in 1998. Also preceding her in death was her son Gene Stoner II, grandson Jeff Stoner, brother Charles “Sonny” Wright and sister Betty Ross.

She is survived by her son Michael L. Stoner of St. Charles, IL, and her grandchildren; Michael E, Laura, Kelli, Ryan, Adam and Erin. Eleven greatgrandchildren, three great great grandchildren, two nephews, one niece and one daughter in law also survive her.

Helen graduated from Urbana High School. She worked as a bookkeeper for over twenty years, working for Black Hawk Optical and Bailey Himes Sporting Goods.  She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Urbana where she also volunteered.

Helen loved to dance; she especially enjoyed ballroom and swing dancing at the Regency in Savoy with her late husband Gene where they were members of the “White Hat Club”.

She was an amazing seamstress, embroiderer and crocheter. Helen made hundreds of beautiful afghans, which she bestowed upon her family and friends.

Helen was also an avid Illini fan.

Since Helen adored animals her family requests that in lieu of flowers any memorial contributions be made to the Champaign County Humane Society.

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Funeral Service
May 25, 2018

11:00 AM
Mt. Hope Mausoleum
611 E Pennsylvania Av.
Champaign, IL 61820

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