MAYVILLE - Helen R. (Houser) Mekus, 86, of Chautauqua Stedman Road, Mayville, N.Y., died Monday, April 7, 2014, at home with her family by her side.
Helen was born Feb. 12, 1928, in Rimersburg, Pa., a daughter of the late Theodore and Helen M. (Swartz) Houser.
Helen spent many years in northern Chautauqua County prior to moving to Port Orange, Fla., where she lived for several years. She had been employed by the Port Orange Wal-Mart as a cashier for more than 17 years. Helen came home to Chautauqua County in 2013.
She enjoyed crocheting, bingo, traveling to the casinos, woodworking, painting and crafting. However, her main joy in life was spending time with family and friends and reminiscing and telling stories of days past. She was a loving and caring mother and friend, who would open her home to anyone in need and who made the "best lima bean soup."
She is survived by her six children: Judith (Tom) Gibbs of Mayville, William (Linda) Best of Gerry, N.Y., Pauletta (Claude) Abbey of Westfield, N.Y., Marlene (Vern) Post of Mayville, Cindy (Randy) Raynor of Deltona, Fla., and Trudy (Mike) Gambino of Mayville. She is further survived by her two sisters: Donna (Charles) Hunt of Westfield, and Linda (Ed) Kelley of Groveport, Ohio; and by her six brothers: Theodore (Rita) Houser of Houston, Texas, Darl (Jackie) Houser of Port Orange, Fla., Harry "Claire" (Judy) Houser of North East, Pa., Russell (Donna) Houser, Larry (Anna Mae) Houser and Charles "Fuzz" (Sally) Houser, all of Westfield. Helen was the proud grandmother of 20 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and five great-greatgrandchildren. She will be missed by her faithful dog, Cotton.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 24 years, Milton D. Mekus who died in 2002; her daughter, Sally D. Smith in 2013; her great-great-grandson, Toby Brian Sanders; and a her brother, William "Red" Houser.
Friends may call on Wednesday evening, April 9, 2014, from 7-9 p.m. and again on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, N.Y., where her funeral services will be held on Friday morning, April 11, 2014, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Richard Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Fredonia, N.Y.
Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box F2 Royal Way, Chautauqua, NY 14722 or to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmont Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.
Log on to www.masonfuneral.com to send Helen's family a message of sympathy, to light a Memorial Candle or for further information.