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Helen Louise Hess, 86, of Fairmont, Bellview Community, passed away Sunday (February 5, 2017) at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
She was born in Marion County on August 16, 1930, the only daughter of the late Arlie Ray Ashcraft and Lulu Virginia (Hall) Ashcraft.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Robert Hess in April 1999.
Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She had worked briefly at Westinghouse Lamp Plant and G. C. Murphy store in Fairmont. She enjoyed yard sales and going out to eat. Most of all, she enjoyed time spent with her family and her cat Jasmine.
She is survived by her four children; her sons, Robert Keith Hess and his wife Aleta Marie of Worthington, and Michael Ray Hess and his companion Parma Kay Fetty of Bellview; her daughters, Linda Renay Postlethwait and her husband Charles Gregory of Durham, North Carolina, and Pamela Dee Ice of Fairmont; her very special grandchildren and their spouses, Melissa "Mitzie" and Scott Williams, Jeremey Keith and Ashley Hess, Joyce Ann Hess, Amy Marie and Brandon Bell, Jeffrey Pat Ice II and Michelle Nicole Ice, Michael Ray Ice, Brandon Keith Postlethwait, Charles Gregg and Ariana Postlethwait; and her great-grandchildren, Brianna N. L. Postlethwait, Hunter Scott Williams, Alexis Kristine Williams, Hailie Alana Hess, Brayden Keith Hess, Peyton McKenzie Ice and Chase Robert Ice. Also surviving is her brother, Gerald Ashcraft and his wife Dixie of Bellview.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, James "Jimmy" Ashcraft and an infant grandson, Robert Craig Postlethwait.
Friends and family may call from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street, Fairmont. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Adam Stuck officiating. Interment services will follow at West Virginia National Cemetery. Online condolences and memorial may be shared with the Hess Family at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on February 7, 2017
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