Helen A. (Shields) Forrey
Helen A. (Shields) Forrey, age 90, of Mechanicsburg, passed away peacefully at Bethany Village in Mechanicsburg on Friday, May 15, 2020. Helen was born on Saturday, July 20, 1929, in Hampden Township to the late Joseph Kaelin Shields, Sr. and Anna Edith (Nauss) Shields. Helen was the widow of Ralph A. Forrey, who died on October 13, 2008. In addition to her parents and husband, Helen is preceded in death by her siblings: Phillip Shields, Joseph Shields, Jr., Clarence Shields Sr., Otho Shields, Mervin Shields, Raymond Shields, George Shields, Ruth Shields, Anna Golden, Mildred Leinaweaver and Clara Sheaffer.
Helen’s survivors include her many nieces and nephews.
Helen worked for Evangelical Press in Harrisburg and later retired from the American Can Company in Lemoyne. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Harrisburg for many years. With Helen’s “green thumb”, she and Ralph grew and sold many different varieties of flowers and shrubbery.
Family and close friends are welcome to gather for Helen’s viewing on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 1:30 p.m. at Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Celebrant George Spangler officiating. Please call 717-766-3421 to reserve your seat. Burial will follow the service in Rolling Green Cemetery in Camp Hill, PA.
The family sends their most heartfelt thanks to everyone at Bethany Village who so lovingly cared for Helen during her illness.
Contributions in celebration of Helen’s life can be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 216 State Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101-1109, www.GraceHBG.org.
Helen’s family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421. Read Helen’s full obituary, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign her official guest book by visiting Buhrig.com.
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