Mrs. Helen Crystal Hall, 84, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on June 4, at her home where she had been under the loving care of Sanctuary Hospice and her family. Helen was born in Tupper Lake, NY, on March 19, 1939, to the late Rev. William and Edith (Blow) Otis. Helen graduated from Johnsburg (NY) Central and also from the Utica (NY) School of Commerce.
She spent most of her years in New York, before moving to North Carolina in 1988 and Ohio in 2012 to be closer to her family. She held numerous positions throughout her working career, including starting as a switchboard operator while in high school, to preparing tax returns, and working in the accounting field for 17 years at Tru-Stitch Footwear in Malone, NY, to ending her career as office manager at Salem Coatings in NC. In her post-retirement days, she worked part time as a barista at two coffee shops, where she learned to make many different types of coffee drinks.
Helen enjoyed playing musical instruments, including piano, accordian, tenor saxaphone, clarinet and digital horn. She was very active in her various churches, including serving on church boards as treasurer and secretary, teaching Sunday School for 8-12 year old boys, and playing the piano for over 25 years. She also immensely enjoyed entertaining people at her home with her coffee drinks and 41 flavors of homemade ice cream. As one friend would describe her, "Helen lived on coffee, ice cream and Jesus."
In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by two children, Scott and Michael Stewart, as well as a sister, June Goodier. She is survived by her brother Norman (Laurie Ann) Otis and sister Esther Potter. She is also survived by daughter Tammy (Brian) Brady of California and son Stephen (Catherine) Hall of Nevada. In addition, she is survived by six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Service celebrating the life of Helen will be held on Friday, June 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Salem Wesleyan Methodist Church with Rev. Daniel Heckman, Rev. Stanley Grabill and Rev. Johnathan Troyer officiating. Friends and family will be received on Thursday, June 8, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the church and the half hour prior to the service from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the church. Interment will take place at Hermon Cemetery in Hermon, NY. on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Larry Major officiating. You can sign the guest register and view the online obituary at www.brownfhonline.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, Salem, 330-337-6363.