Commonwealth Journal


January 20, 2012

Helen Caldwell

Somerset — Helen Lewis Caldwell was born on March 31, 1920 in Plano, Ky. She was the daughter of the late J. Heber Lewis and the late Ruth Upton Lewis of Burnside, Ky. She married Orian Clyde Caldwell Jr., a Navy Pilot, on April 17, 1942, and he preceded her in death, a casualty of World War II. Helen Caldwell, 91, departed this life on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at the Neighborhood of Somerset Nursing Facility.

Helen Caldwell was educated in Burnside Grade School, Sayre School, and Western Kentucky University. She had a long career in public education beginning in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and ending her career in Fort Myers, Fla., as the Science Coordinator for Lee County Schools. After retirement, she had more time to enjoy her love of sports especially golf and tennis. She was also a gifted writer and published CrossVine on the Cumberland in 1998.

Besides her parents, husband, and brother, Robert T. Lewis. She was also preceded in death by her only child, Orian Clyde Caldwell III, in 1984 and her granddaughter, Catherine Anne Caldwell, who died in 2011.

She is survived by her grandson, Orian Clyde Caldwell IV “Chip” and his wife Trisha and their two children, Qwenton and Sofie of Littleton, Colo.; great-granddaughter, Megan Nichole Caldwell; and daughter-in-law, DeeGee Caldwell Stephens. Other survivors include two nieces, Mary Helen (and Roy) Harney of Nicholasville, Kentucky and Jeanne (and Tom) Gaskin of Bronston, Ky.; two nephews, William C. (and Kathy) Lewis and Dickie (and Tammy) Lewis all of Burnside, Ky.; and two first cousins, Clarice Upton Dinwiddie of Bowling Green, Ky. and Tom Grissom of Frankfort, Kentucky.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Sharon Reynolds and the staff at the Neighborhood of Somerset Nursing Facility for the love and wonderful care they gave to “Mimi.”

Visitation will be at Saint Mildred Catholic Church at noon on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The celebration of Helen's life will begin at 1 p.m. at the church with Rev. Michael Ramler officiating.

Burial will follow at Burnside Cemetery.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Saint Mildred Outreach.

Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Helen Lewis Caldwell.

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