Helen Earlene Crook, 68, Overbrook: Feb. 5, 1946 – Feb. 21, 2014 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Helen Earlene Crook, 68, Overbrook: Feb. 5, 1946 – Feb. 21, 2014

OVERBROOK – Helen Earlene (Bledsoe) Crook, 68, was delivered from cancer unto eternal life Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at her home in rural Osage County. Helen was deeply loved by many in the Overbrook area, for she was a fixture in the school for over 35 years as a nurse’s aide, teacher’s aide, bus driver, lunch and recess supervisor, and sports scorekeeper. She was a fabulous cook, avid quilter, and generous caregiver.

Helen was born Feb. 5, 1946, to Clark Earl and Maxine (Rishel) Bledsoe in Topeka, Kan., and grew up on the family farm in north Osage County. She graduated from Shawnee Heights High School in 1964. She trusted Jesus Christ as her savior when she was 18 years old. She married Theodore (Ted) Crook May 6, 1966, in Topeka. He survives of the home. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Clark Earl Bledsoe, in 2007.

She also is survived by her mother, Maxine Bledsoe, two brothers, Darrell (Marilyn) Bledsoe, of Berryton, and Gary (Sue) Bledsoe, Carbondale; four children, David (Lisa) Crook, Overbrook, Matthew (Deidra) Crook, O’Fallon, Ill., Andrew Crook, Overbrook, and Amy (Kevin) Safarik, Topeka; 11 grandchildren, Michelle (Nick) Wilde, Faith, Michael, Danielle, Steven and Claire Crook, Evan Craig, Makayla LaMastres-Craig, and Brock and Bryson Safarik; numerous cousins; and nine nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Grace Community Church, Overbrook, where she was a member. Funeral services will be at the church 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will be near her home at Ridgeway Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made through Kansas State Bank, 400 Maple St., Overbrook, KS 66524.

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