Hellene R. Moore was born on August 17, 1935, in Kansas City, Kansas to the union of Benjamin F. Harrison and Annie Mae Summerville Harrison. Hellene was educated in the Kansas City, Kansas school system and graduated from Sumner High School in 1953. Hellene accepted Christ at an early age at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, located in Rosedale, Kansas under the late Reverend Otis Lloyd. It was here that she received her spiritual foundation. She later joined the First Baptist Church of Quindaro under Reverend Easton, Rev. Stacy E. Hopkins,Rev. Lemuel Wynn and currently under Rev. Vernon Gladdis. She was a devoted and faithful member of the Senior Choir and later served as a missionary worker. She was united in marriage to Robert Herbert Sr. To this union, one son was born Lawrence Herbert.
This marriage was dissolved, but they remained friends until his passing. She was later united in marriage to Percy E. Moore on July 25, 1970.Hellene worked at International Harvester, Ford Motor Company, and later retired from Sprint in September 1998 after 25 years of service. She soon decided to return to work at Kansas City KansasCommunity College in June 2001 where she was still actively employed until her death. She always found it difficult to enter into a second retirement with the college because of the special bond that she had with her co-workers. Hellene possessed excellent seamstress, tailor, and quilting skills. She could often be found making quilts for family members and friends. She also made robes for all of the previous pastors of her church. One of her favorite ways to pass time was to meet up with her quilting buddies weekly and enjoyed taking special quilting trips. She was a caregiver for family and extended family members and loved helping others wherever she could. No one loved her brothers and sisters more than Hellene. She was always there with a listening ear and was a compassionate person who always put others first. You could always count on her to show up for special events in her loved ones' lives such as graduations, birthday gatherings,or just special moments. She would always greet you with a big smile and an even bigger hug. She loved to let you know that she was not a hand-shaker but she was a hugger. Hellene played a very active role in her family. She served on the Harrison-Dawn Family Reunion committee from almost the start until her passing as the treasurer amongst other roles. She enjoyed getting to help prepare the event for other family members in both Sparkman, Arkansas, and Kansas City, KS.
Everyone always looked forward to her cobblers and pound cake. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and, great-grandmother, no task was ever too small or large when it came to caring for her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Percy, four siblingsBessie Mae Springfield, Delois Benita McDowell, Frank Lewis Harrison Sr., Bennie Franklin Harrison Sr., and special friend Emmett Williams.
On February 7, 2021, an angel of the Lord said, “your work here is done, thou good and faithful servant,” and called Hellene home. Hellene leaves to cherish her memory; son, Lawrence Herbert (Rhonda), Shawnee, KS., Robert Herbert Jr. (Donna), Augusta, GA.; daughter, Arthia Alexander, Wichita, KS.; grandchildren, Jeffrey Selectman (Rachel), Lawrence, KS., Jeremy Selectman, Shawnee, KS., and Mallory Herbert, Shawnee, KS.; great-grandchildren, Emersyn Herbert, and Penelope Selectman; brother, Clifford E. Jackson (Janice), Overland Park, KS., Robert J. Harrison, Willingboro, NJ.; sisters-in-law Helen W. Harrison, KCMO, Linda E. Moore, Lansing, IL., and brother-in-law Thomas L. Moore, Chicago, IL., a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members, a very special friend, Hazel Taylor, and the extended Williams family.
Funeral Services were held at 10am on Thursday, February 18th at First Baptist Church of Quindaro 3030 Farrow Ave KCK 66104. Visitation 9am. Interment Leavenworth National Cemetery at 12:30pm.
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