Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Obituary Archives

September 24, 2013

Helen Virginia Collier

TAZEWELL, Va. — TAZEWELL, Va. — Helen Virginia Collier, age 96, a longtime resident of Tazewell, Va., passed away peacefully Saturday, September 21, 2013 in Blacksburg, Va. Helen was born May 18, 1917 in Indian Valley, Va. to George Washington Quesenberry and Cora Lilly Quesenberry. August 10, 1964 began her long and faithful service as a member of The Order of the Eastern Star. She served as Worthy Matron of Princess Pocahontas Chapter 112, Pocahontas, Va. (1972-1973); Worthy Matron of Tazewell Chapter 187, (1988-1989); and was an Honorary Member of Bluefield Chapter 102, Bluefield, Va. Additionally, she served as a Grand Page, Emblem Bearer and Delegate to The Grand Chapter of VA. She was a top notch hairdresser in her younger years, plying her trade in Bishop and Tazewell. She attended Main Street United Methodist in Tazewell. Helen's special passions were her beautiful handwork and sewing, whether quilting, crocheting, knitting, embroidering, stitching Bunka, or sewing clothing and home décor items, among a multitude of other interests and crafts. She was a delightful hostess and gourmet cook. She loved pulling pranks, telling jokes and dressing in surprise funny costumes, whether on Halloween, a birthday, or to get a laugh on an ordinary day.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Lee Collier who passed away in 1997. She was the youngest of ten siblings, all who have also preceded her in death; five sisters, Woodie Moore, Snowie Fay Quesenberry, Mattie Marshall, Rachel Cox, and Garnet Kennedy; four brothers, Waitman Quesenberry Velt Quesenberry, Shafter Quesenberry, Rollie Quesenberry. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She is survived by one son, Russell Lee Collier of Blacksburg, Va.; one daughter, Karon K. Smiley of Wellsburg, W.Va.; daughter-in-law, Marie Collier; grandson, Jeff Smiley of Bluefield, W.Va.; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Friday, September 27, 2013 at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell, Va. with the Reverend Dr. Thomas A. Conley and the Reverend Barry Dean Marshall officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, Va. Pallbearers will be Larry Quesenberry, Jeff Smiley, David Quesenberry, Terry Quesenberry, Barry Dean Marshall, and Ray Johnson. Donald Kennedy will serve as honorary pallbearer.  

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the funeral home where an Eastern Star service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.peerystclairfuneralhome.com.

1
Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • Dorothy Carter Rasnick

    Dorothy Carter Rasnick, 91, of Princeton Health Care Center, formerly of Village Green, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at her residence.

    July 31, 2014

  • Mattie M. Church Allen

    Mattie M Church Allen age 78 of Burk Mountain went home to Heaven Monday July 28, 2014.

    July 31, 2014

  • Mamie Lee Webb Mamie Lee Webb

    Mamie Lee Webb , age 82, of Blacksburg, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Lewis Gale Hospital-Montgomery.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clarence E. Smith

     Clarence E. Smith, 88, of Peterstown formerly of Princeton died Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at his home.
     

    July 31, 2014

  • Darlene Yvonne Wohlford Rose

    Darlene Yvonne Wohlford Rose died at the age of 88 on Sunday afternoon, July 27, 2014, at her home in Princeton following an extended illness.

    July 31, 2014

  • Earl Hayden “Red” Lilly Jr. Earl Hayden “Red” Lilly Jr.

    Earl Hayden “Red” Lilly, Jr., 75, of 300 Gott Road in Princeton died Monday, July 28, 2014 at Princeton Community Hospital.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mary Puckett (Mary Jackson Bailey) Mary Puckett (Mary Jackson Bailey)

    Mary Puckett (Mary Jackson Bailey) of Bluefield West Virginia passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, in Winston-Salem, NC after a brief illness.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Glen Kahle Belcher Glen Kahle Belcher

    BLUEFIELD — Glen Kahle Belcher, 82 of Bluefield, WV went home to be with the Lord Monday, July 28, 2014.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Betty Jo Gray Betty Jo Gray

    Betty Jo Gray, 76, of the Springfield Center in Lindside, formerly of Princeton Towers, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at her residence.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Juanita Bourne Coon

    Juanita Bourne Coon, age 75 of the Gratton community in Tazewell, VA died Monday, July 28, 2014 at Welmont Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, TN.

    July 30, 2014

Local News
Editorials