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Helen Marie McTague Markle, 82, passed peacefully into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior surrounded by her family on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Helen was the daughter of James A. and Reba C. Pettitt McTague. She was born June 15, 1933, in Millville, N.J.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, James R. Markle, Sr.; her parents; her brother, Edward W. McTague; and her grandsons, A.J. Markle and Jake Markle.
Helen is survived by her children, James R., Jr. (Carolyn), Alice Twiford (Les), Jennifer Stouter and David (Judy); granddaughters, Billie Blessing, Vanessa Belcher, Sara Sheppard, Katherine Twiford, Devynn Markle, Madison Markle and Lela Graf; and eight great-grandchildren.
Helen lived in York, Pa., from 1949 to 2007. She graduated as salutatorian from William Penn Senior High School in 1950. She was a member of the National Honor Society and winner of numerous awards. Helen graduated from Millersville State College with a degree in education and taught for 32 years in the York Suburban Public School System. She was a much-loved teacher of multiple generations of students.
Musically talented, Helen sang with the church choir of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, directed the children’s choir and served as a deacon of the church. She frequently served as accompanist for school musicals as well. Helen was a member of the White Rose Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in York, Pa.
Helen moved to Williamsburg in 2007, where she was involved with her Tuesday ‘Lunch Bunch’ and enjoyed lots of family time with her two daughters and three of her granddaughters. She loved to read, garden, travel and walk her dog, Ollie. For the last few years of her life, Helen was well cared for by the staff at Trinity Assisted Living.
A memorial reception is planned for 4 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Nelson Funeral Home, Williamsburg. Her cremains will be interred next to her husband in Prospect Hill Cemetery in York, Pa., at a later date.
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