Mary Helen Crain was born to the union of Willie Crain and Katie Mae Siler, in Alabama on the 13th of April 1924. Her mother died when she was four years old.
Mary Helen was raised by her Grandparents, Cassie and James G. Siler. They instilled confidence and determination in their young grandchild.
Mary Helen attended Booker T. Washington Grammar School from kindergarten through eighth grade. The family moved to Troy, Alabama, where she enrolled in the Epst Academy Street High School. After graduation, Mary Helen and Cassie reunited with her grandfather, James, who was farming. Mary Helen was his bookkeeper, she kept count of the goods he sold and the profit. The buyers count did not agree with hers. They were amazed that this young black girl could “do figures.” Mary Helen did not like farm life, nor did she want to use the back door in town.
In 1941, her uncle Horace persuaded her to relocate to Chicago, IL. for greater opportunities. Mary Helen resided with uncle Horace and aunt Tommie until she secured employment and a place of her own. She joined South Park Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. E.R. Williams, Sr. was the pastor.
In 1958, she met James Glasper, they married. Mary Helen moved her church membership to The West Point Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. J.H. Brown, Rev. Thompson and Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes. She was a faithful member of The Mission Ministry and an active member of The Sunday School until her illness.
She loved trying new recipes. At holiday dinners, there was always a German Chocolate Cake for her oldest grandson, Daryl (Deceased).
Mary Helen’s beloved husband passed in 2008.
Mary Helen was active in the American Rose Art and Charity Club, Illinois Association of Club Women, and The Chicago Northern District Association of Club Women, Girls and Boys Inc.
You strove to live alone,
To talk and walk around,
But as the illness was relentless,
You were forced to give up ground.
God saw you getting tired,
When a cure was not to be,
So, he wrapped his arms around you,
And whispered, “Come to me”.
Mary Helen passed July 17, 2019.
She leaves to cherish her memory beloved son Charles (Charlsey), daughter-in-law Easter (Robert) Goods; grandchildren Dale (Rosene Goods, LaQuita Goods, David (Veronique) Matthews, Trina Matthews; great- grandchildren, Robert Goods II, Mark Goods, Blaise Matthews, Darius Matthews, Sabastian Matthews, Simone’ Matthews; one brother-in-law Leo (Sharon) Jackson; two sisters-in-law, Rhoda Jackson, Mary Matthews, all of Lake Providence, Louisiana; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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