Mrs. Helen Ruth Stowers Dennis was born on August 29, 1932 in Iva, SC. She was the daughter of the late Henry Grady Stowers and Maxie Young Stowers. She departed her life within the comfort of her home on Thursday, October 20, 2022.
She leaves loving memories to be cherished by one sister, Willie Sue Stowers-Bolden (Marshall); four daughters, Nicki McCullough of Anderson, SC, Teresa Dennis of the home, Adedra Dennis of Charlotte, NC and Lynette Dennis of Anderson, SC; three sons, Earl Dennis Jr. (Patricia) of Anderson, SC, Mark Dennis (Kim) of Dacula, Georgia and Timothy Dennis (Fifi) of San Antonio, Texas.
Thirty-eight grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren, along with a host of nieces, nephews and other loving relatives.
She was proceeded in death by her parents; first spouse, Booker T. Simmons and second spouse, Earl Dennis Sr.; a brother James Yancy Stowers, one sister, Alice V. Johnson, one son, William Michael Simmons Sr.
She was a graduate of Westside High School. For many years she worked for AnMed Health as a Cashier and later went on to work for Ryobi as an Assembler where she retired.
Helen was an avid and active Church Member of Pine Grove Baptist in Iva, SC. She was Treasure of the Missionary Society and a dedicated member of the Gospel Choir. She truly loved participating in church activities and was at one with the Lord when she closed her eyes for the final time.
Helen was a very active woman all the way into her latter years until she no longer couldn’t. Outside of church, she absolutely loved working in her yard, driving her lawn mower, pruning and maintaining her flowers and plants, to raking leaves or gathering pecans that had fallen from her pecan tree. Outside of maintaining her lawn, you could find her fishing at Mr. Arthur’s man-made pond with her daughter Nicki and two sons, Mark and Tony. They were the only children that had the patience like herself, to stay out in that scorching hot sun for hours and hours on in.
If you didn’t find her at home preparing meals and baking her delicious pound cakes or outside in her back yard, you could find her on Fridays with her daughter, Nicki and daughter-in-law Joanne at Bingo. On Saturday nights she would play Bid Whist with her closest and dearest friends held at a friend’s for hours on in.
She traveled on excursions near and abroad with her late companion and confidant Mr. Arthur. They both loved going for long rides up in the mountains of Oconee County, SC. While sight-seeing, they would sometimes stop for ice cream along the way or simply just enjoy and appreciate each other and the beautiful scenery.
She never wavered on anything in life especially as it concerned the love for her children and family. She was an absolute perfectionist in all aspects and would do whatever she could for anyone and everyone.
Helen was a very kind, considerate and passionate individual. She was so beautiful inside and out and a very caring woman, mother and friend. She was a very giving person and eager to help in any given situation.
Although she was a mother first and foremost, she was her children’s best friend and confidant. She was many, many things to her children. Read on, you won’t believe this. She was the Teacher, private chef, babysitter, housekeeper, medical doctor, counselor, a psychiatrist (after knocking some sense in her kids’ head, old school, yep.), personal loan officer and get this, with NO interest, a chauffeur and a pet veterinarian. The list goes on and on. Shakespeare said it best, “a jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” If you needed sound advice, words of comfort, a sense of direction, or just simply need to talk, she was right there to lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on or both. She lived a good life mostly for her children.
On the day of her last breath in the comfort of her home, you could sense she was ready and at peace. The atmosphere in her bedroom days prior, was filled with her talking with loved ones in spirit including the Lord. She was definitely ready. She’s suffering no more from that horrible disease called Dementia.
Matthew 25:23: His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at Pine Grove Baptist Church. The interment will follow in the church cemetery. Public viewing Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family is at the home, 118 Hillcrest Circle Anderson, SC 29624.
You may honor the memory of our beloved Helen with a tribute donation to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org. Your Donation Will Make a Difference!