96, formerly of Indianapolis, died Sunday, June 12, 2011 in Franklin, IN. She was born on November 21, 1914 to John Wilson Stapleton and Ida Elizabeth (Spears) Stapleton in Union County, Indiana.
She will always be remembered by her four children as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, dedicated homemaker, master gardener, extraordinary seamstress, great cook, opera devotee, and world traveler with their father.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Glenn A. Ryker; parents; sisters, Maxine Dixon and Pearl Reno; and brothers, Stanley, Lester, Clyde, John and Harry Stapleton. Survivors include her children, Sue (Stephen) Simon of Greenwood, IN, Terry (Pamela) Ryker of Indianapolis, IN, Jane (William) Ansty of Carmel, IN, and Lynette (John) Clark of Louisville, KY; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters, Thelma Wray of Cincinnati, OH, Betty Jane Stapleton of Richmond, IN, and Olivia (Mick) Fowler of Cambridge City, IN; and sisters-in-law Donna Ryker, of Chicago, IL, Debbie Ryker of Greenwood, IN, Janette Stapleton of Dublin, IN, and Mary Jane Stapleton of Richmond, IN.
A private funeral service will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 7602 Madison Avenue, Indianapolis, IN. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, IN.
Helen was a member of the Southport Baptist Church for 70 years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Southport Baptist Church Memorial & Endowment Fund, 2901 East Banta Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227-4999 or to the donor’s charity of choice.
The family would like to thank the Franklin United Methodist Community staff for their dedication and commitment to provide continuing care for both of our parents. The final care that our mother received from the FUMC Health Center II staff was exceptional, as was the final care our father received from the Advanced Special Care staff. Words cannot adequately express our special thanks to the VistaCare Hospice team, which provided extraordinary care to each of our parents, as well as special support to the family.