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January 16, 2024
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A memorial service to celebrate the life of Helen Anna Stilwell will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church, 18 Meeting Lane, Liberty Hill, SC. The Reverends Gene Rollins and David Leininger will officiate. Catered refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the service.
Helen, the daughter of Harold Stilwell and Dora Bell Stilwell passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2024. She was the widow of Brigadier General Leland Keith Lukens.
Helen is survived by her three daughters Lee Ann Parker (Sampson) of Midland, NC, Lorikay Nunn (Donnie) of Camden, SC, and Sheri Lou Few (Marty) of Lugoff, SC; her eight grandchildren Luke Watson (Faith), Sampson Parker Jr. (Meredith), Austin Beam, Chad Beam, Chip Few (Bonnie), Billy Few (Ashby), Jesse Few, Bobby Few (April), two nephews Stephen Lukens and James Dean, and eight great-grandchildren.
Helen was born in 1933, in Rhinebeck, New York. She married Leland Keith Lukens in 1954. She supported her husband in his U.S. Air Force career as she resided in Las Vegas, Nevada; Bitburg, Germany where her first two daughters were born; Phoenix, Arizona where her third daughter was born; and she continued to move her family to Madrid, Spain; Montgomery, Alabama; Sumter, South Carolina; Ramstein, Germany; Bentwaters, England; Spangdahlem, Germany, and San Bernadino, California.
Helen was instrumental in her husband’s successful military career. She was stalwart in her role as an officer’s wife where she supported the wives of the young men who were under her husband’s command. She was responsible for keeping high morale and strong mental health among the wives, especially while their husbands were serving combat tours and other remote tours of duty. In addition to these supportive roles for her husband’s career, she served as president of the Officer’s Wives Club; was a Red Cross Volunteer and was a Girl Scout Troop Leader.
When her husband retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1982, he and Helen moved back to their home on Lake Wateree in Camden, SC where they lived for the next 40 years of their lives.
When her husband retired, Helen entered the workforce employed by Builder’s Transport and the Chronicle Independent in Camden, SC. Her gainful employment spanned across thirty-three years when she retired to care for her ailing husband.
In addition to her parents, Helen is predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Leland Keith Lukens, by her sister Marion Holder, one grandchild Tiffany Watson, and two great-grand twins Jonathan and Kaden Few.
Helen was an avid follower of politics, loved her country, and was a loyal patriot. She enjoyed motorcycling through Europe with her husband and spent a lot of time entertaining in her home in support of her husband’s career.
She loved her family; cherished her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren, and she will be greatly missed!
It is often said that behind every successful man is a strong woman. Helen Anna Lukens was the epitome of this saying.
Helen was a member of Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church where she will be buried in the Memorial Garden beside her husband Keith.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.