Helen B. Kizer

Helen B. Kizer

LANCASTER—Helen Berry Kizer, 100, of Lancaster went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 20, 2018.

She was born in Portsmouth on February 15, 1918, to Pearl and Aumon Berry.

Helen was a resident of Norfolk, Bath, N.C., Richmond and Lancaster. She was a 1935 graduate of Bath High School and thereafter a student at Norfolk Business College. Helen retired as an executive secretary for the Sears and Roebuck Group in Richmond.

In 1937, she married Franklin D. Kizer. They had 72 years of adventures together. They retired to the location of their dreams on the Corrotoman “Rivah” in Lancaster County.

She was active in the order of the Eastern Star, an avid bridge player, friend to many, and devoted to Saint Mary’s Whitechapel Episcopal Church. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother “Hon” and great-grandmother. Helen used her many creative talents in all she did.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Bill Berry.

She is survived by her daughters, Ann Spain (Melvin) and Marion Renne (Merlin); six grandchildren, Laurie Sweeney (Dale), Melissa Byrne (Brendan), Michelle Renne, Drew Spain (Ellen), Karl Renne (Jennifer) and Paige Flanagan (David); and eight great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at 3 p.m. December 23 at St. Mary’s Whitechapel, Lancaster. Interment followed the service in the church cemetery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service. Following the service a reception was held at the Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to East Carolina University, Kizer Scholarship Fund Science & Tech Building, 515 Founder’s Drive, MailStop 552, Greenville, NC 27858.

Currie Funeral Home, LLC, of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.