Helen M. (Plyler) McMillen

Helen M. (Plyler) McMillen, 95, of Marion Center, passed away Saturday, November 6, 2021 at her home.

She was born on October 22, 1926 in Grange, Pennsylvania to the late Clark and Mildred (Young) Plyler.

Helen graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1944.

From 1944-1947 she worked at the Sylvania Factory in Brookville assembling radio tubes.

November 8, 1947, she married John M. McMillen, and they lived on the farm for the rest of their lives.

Helen was a member of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church, serving in the church nursery for over 40 years. She was president of the Alliance Women, and a member of Mission Mobilizers.

Helen was the secretary of the Indiana County Farm Bureau for over 60 years, a former 4H leader, and a Dairy Promotion Committee member.

The Tuesday morning Community Bible Study Group was important to her.

An excellent home maker, Helen enjoyed gardening, canning and cooking.

Having lived on a farm all of her married life, she enjoyed country living, sharing her home, and welcoming many guests.

She is survived by her children: daughter Connie Spidell of Home, daughter Sharon ( Donald) Wild of Great Valley NY, son William (Karen) McMillen of Marion Center, son Robert (Judith) McMillen of Palmyra, and daughter Julie Anne (Brian) Spencer of Shelocta.

In addition, she leaves behind fourteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and siblings: Doris Randall, Wayne (Janet) Plyler, Blair Plyler, Thelma Kitner, Eleanor (Herbert)Wharton, and Darrell (Shirley) Plyler, sister-in-law Ruth Plyler, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, John M. McMillen on March 7,2011, son-in-law Gary D. Spidell, sisters Alverda Milliron and Dorothy Beck, and a brother, Leonard Plyler.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at the Bowser Minich Funeral Home, 500 Ben Franklin Road South, Indiana.

Additional viewing will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021 from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM at the Punxsutawney Alliance Church, 1307 South Main Street Extension, Punxsutawney, PA 15767 with Pastor Don Jones officiating.

Private burial will take place in Marion Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s name to the Western Pennsylvania District Alliance of Women at the Punxsutawney Alliance Church, 1307 South Main Street Extension Punxsutawney, PA 15767.

Online condolences can be found at www.bowserminich.com.

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