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Helen Jane (nee Canning) Koons

Obituary for Helen Jane (nee Canning) Koons

March 11, 1930 - November 10, 2018
| Age 88


Helen Jane Koons (nee Canning), born March 11, 1930 to William Weir Canning and Manda Marie Ziegler Canning of Cedars, slipped through the veil on the morning of Saturday, November 10th at Parkhouse Nursing Facility in Royersford. Helen was the wife of the late Paul Raymond Koons who passed away in 2017. Nan, as she like to be called by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, departed after numerous setbacks and left a sorrow-filled but adoring family that includes, a son, William Jeffrey Koons and a daughter, Karin Alyce Koons Stocking and their spouses respectively, Debbie Mills Koons and Bruce Allan Stocking. From her children are three grandchildren, Matthew William Koons and his wife Danielle Trout Koons, Kimberly Dawn Koons Hamsher and her husband, Gregory Hamsher and Victoria Canning Jones. Also surviving her are three great-grandsons, Tyler William Koons, Gavin Daniel Koons, and Henry James Hamsher and two great-granddaughters, Audrey Jane Hamsher and Vivian Marie Hamsher along with a nephew, Bryan Yocum of Quakertown.
While Helen was born in Cedars, she always referred fondly to Branch Creek Farm in Lower Salford as "up home" the place where her mother was born and raised and a place, she frequented often. She attended the Worcester Elementary School and made life-long friends there.

Helen was a fan of genealogy and basked in the history of her Ulster Scots family along with her ancient Pennsylvania German family that descended from Peter Becker, Rudolph Harley and Christopher Sauer.

After graduating from Norristown High School in 1948, Helen took a position at James Lees and Sons Company in Bridgeport as a typist and two years later, while on a double date, she met the love of her life, Paul Raymond Koons of Norristown. They married in 1952 and a son followed in 1954 and a daughter in 1957. Later, she would become a clerk typist at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a title search business.

Helen was politically active working for Richard Schweiker for Congress and was a "Goldwater girl" in 1964. She played the piano and had a lovely alto voice which served her while in high school and at Calvary Baptist Church of Norristown where she was a choir member. Her love of fashion would find her in the Better Dress Department of Bloomingdale's in King of Prussia later in life as a sales consultant. She believed that you couldn't go wrong if you owned a few classic fashion pieces.

More importantly than anything else she ever did in her life, she was a champion for her children and grand-children. While she was always ready to point out their faults, she was their fierce defender, confidante and counselor. She instilled a love of education, language, history and poetry, things she cherished deeply, in them. She had a ready laugh and enjoyed an occasional, good Manhattan. The memory and stories of her and the quirky things she did are forever etched into our souls.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday November 15 at Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home on Germantown Pike for a 10 a.m. viewing and 11 a.m. service. Interment will be following at Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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200 West Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA 19401
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