Helen Marie (Wilson) Flanagan Lake City, Fla. Helen Marie (Wilson) Flanagan passed away suddenly at home in Lake City, Fla., on Feb. 12, 2017. The daughter of William and Myra Wilson, Helen was born on Jan. 20, 1929, in Glassboro, N.J. She graduated from Glassboro High School and completed her nurse's training at West Jersey Hospital in Camden, N.J. She started her nursing career at Greystone Hospital, where she met Edgar Flanagan. Helen and Ed married on May 14, 1950, and moved to South Jersey, where they raised three children, Gail, Joe, and Shelia. While raising her children, Helen worked as a registered nurse at Newcomb Hospital in Vineland, N.J. The Flanagans lived in Newfield, N.J., until their children married and Ed retired. Then Helen and Ed moved to Tavares, Fla., where Helen worked at Waterman Hospital in Eustis. Ed passed away in 1998, and Helen later moved to Lake City, Fla., where she was close to her son, Joe, and his family. There, she remained active in many clubs until her death: her book club, the Newcomers Club, the Heritage Club, and her beloved Geri-Actors Readers' Theater Group. She enjoyed putting on plays and being a part of this group of actors, and she had attended Geri-Actors just three days before her passing. She loved the library, and as a member of the Friends of Library she donated a sound system to be used for library programs and recently donated and upgraded wireless sound system. She loved baseball and her Atlanta Braves, an enthusiasm she shared with her son, Joe. Helen remained independent, living alone in her own home, doing all her own shopping, cooking, and housework, and she continued driving her own car. She was a good friend to many people in South Jersey; Tavares, Fla., and Lake City, Fla. Helen loved her family; her parents, her sisters and brothers, her husband, her three children and their spouses; her three grandchildren, and her three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers, Bill and Russ, and her sister, Dorothy. Helen is survived by her sister, Marjorie Levering; her children, Gail Tweedt and her husband, Eric; Joe Flanagan and his wife, Chris; and Shelia Levine and her husband, Jack; her grandchildren, Gwendolyn Lanning, Jay Flanagan, Allison Steward and her husband, Eb; her great-grandchildren, Jude, John, and Ande Steward, other relatives, and many friends. Helen believed in eating right and exercise, and before her 70th high school reunion last year, she rode her stationary bicycle around the world twice, averaging five miles a day seven days a week, an accomplishment she was proud of. A private Celebration of Life will be held in New Jersey. Another Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Lifestyle Enrichment Center, 628 SE. Allison Court, Lake City, Fla. Online condolences may be submitted to Lake City Reporter-Legacy.com and may also be submitted to Steverson, Hamlin, and Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, Tavares, Fla. Donations in Helen's memory can be made to The American Heart Association.
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