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Helen K. Mulligan

Bryant- Helen K. Mulligan, 90, of Bryant, passed away at 5:15 AM on Monday, November 23, 2020 at her residence with her family by her side. She was born on December 8, 1929 in Peoria, a daughter of Joseph E. and Nellie Mae (Street) Lehnhausen. She married E. Robert Mulligan on June 29, 1947 in Pekin, the love of her life. They had celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary before his passing. He preceded her in death on July 19, 2012.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Katherine, five brothers, Bill, Joseph Jr, George, Richard, Louis; four sisters, Bernice, Dorothy, Marion “Betty”, and Donna.

Surviving are her children, Robert (Cathy) Mulligan of Canton; Sandy (Bob) Barnes of Canton; Cindy (Bob) Howell of St. David; Rhonda (Bob) Bishop of Bryant; Scott (Teresa) Mulligan of Bryant; one brother, Dale “Bud” (Helen) Lehnhausen of Fairview; one sister, Lorraine (John) Grigsby of Canton, and 25 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Nelda (Lloyd) Wages, Donna (Nelson) Maxwell, Peggy (Mike) McCreight, and one brother-in-law, Fred Mulligan.

Helen enjoyed taking care of her family over the years, as a homemaker. Helen, also, enjoyed camping, crocheting and crafting. She loved playing games, having company, baking which was her specialty.

Graveside services and burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Fairview Cemetery in Fairview. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Due to COVID-19 mandates facial coverings will be required.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Canton St Mary’s food pantry. To leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

14 Comments

  • Cindy (Harper) Lawver

    Reply November 24, 2020 4:09 pm

    So sorry to read of Helen passing, she was a very kind and friendly lady. May all of your memories give you great comfort during this sad time in your lives. All of you are so blessed to have had your mom in your lives for so many years . My sincere condolences and prayers to all of you, Cindy

  • Marlene smith

    Reply November 24, 2020 6:48 pm

    Grandma will be missed she is in a better place now with grandpa . Just remember as i tell my 4 year old every sunset and every rainbow is grandma smiling down on u. I love u grandma

  • marcia baldock

    Reply November 24, 2020 9:13 pm

    HELEN CAME TO MY HOME SEVERAL TIMES WITH SCOTT FOR XMAS EVE. SHE GAVE ME ONE OF HER CRAFTS SHE MADE AND I WILL CHERISH IT FOREVER. SHE WAS FUN TO BE AROUND. THANK YOU HELEN FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL SON SCOTT. RIP NOW.

  • Jeanine Collins Lund

    Reply November 24, 2020 9:47 pm

    I will surely miss her, she was my adopted mom. I will always remember her, and the good times I had with her and the family. Rhonda, I am so sorry to hear of her passing, I will be thinking of you and your sisters and brothers too. May the lord keep all of you safe, and I will be praying for all the family. May the lord put his hands on your family Rhonda! Will be thinking of you! I am sorry to hear!

  • Jerry Betty Downing and family

    Reply November 24, 2020 9:58 pm

    So sorry our prayers and love for all of you.

  • Connie Kinsel Miller

    Reply November 24, 2020 11:10 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear of Helen’s passing . Her and Bob are together holding hands am smiling
    Down as they are together again

  • Linda (Anderson) Walter

    Reply November 25, 2020 12:16 am

    Sandy, So Sorry for the passing of your Mom. Thoughts & Prayers are with you and All your Family. Linda

  • Elizabeth Haines

    Reply November 25, 2020 6:22 am

    Sandy and family, I am so very sorry to hear that your Mother has passed away. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and yours, and my most sincere sympathy and condolences 🙏
    You were blessed to have her in your lives for so many years. God Bless.
    Rest In Peace Helen Mulligan.
    Thinking of you All ❤

  • Peggy Lynn Ziegele

    Reply November 25, 2020 11:42 am

    LUV U AUNT HELEN RIP

  • laura j powell

    Reply November 25, 2020 2:36 pm

    Cindy and Familyl,

    So very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to you all!

  • Sherry Ashwood McCullough

    Reply November 25, 2020 2:44 pm

    Oh sorry to here of Helen’s passing, my thoughts and prayers to you all.

  • Debbie Ashton

    Reply November 25, 2020 11:21 pm

    Helen was one of a kind,ornery,sweet ,funny,& spunky.I’m really going to miss her.Rest in Heaven ,Helen. Love,Debbie Ashton.

  • Sharon (Nebergall) Bosserman

    Reply December 1, 2020 10:15 pm

    My sympathies! Prayers for comfort! Keep your good memories close to your heart.

  • Kathy Nafziger

    Reply December 4, 2020 4:22 pm

    Aunt Helen was special. I remember as a child she started my love of yard work. She showed me how to pull weeds in our yard at “the farm.” Funny memory but today I have difficulty passing by a weed without wanting to pull it! She had such fun at Shauna’s 60th birthday party and she danced with me and with Dad. I know she has had difficult times and now she is without trouble. I’m sure she’s thanking her family for making those difficult times less troublesome.

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