November 27, 1926 June 23, 2020 Helen Reid Ammen of Salem, Virginia, spent her long life joyfully caring for and serving others, as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, registered nurse, church and community volunteer and dear friend. She passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Snyder Nursing Home. Helen was 93. She was born in Roanoke on November 27, 1926 to the late Joseph Grant Reid and Eula Grubbs Reid. Helen was also predeceased by her loving husband, William "Bill" and her brother, Wallace. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Katherine "Kitty" and Raymond Mortara; her son, Reid Ammen; seven grandchildren, Ray and Grant Mortara, Lauren (Tyler) Kerr, Annamarie (Mike) Ginder, Thomas and Will Ammen, and Christie (Jereme) Wilde; three precious great-grandchildren whom she dearly loved, Harper Mortara, Sawyer Wilde and Benjamin Kerr. Helen is also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews, including her special niece and friend, Cassy Ammen; several dear friends with whom she traveled and played bridge; and friend of the family, Pat Johann Ammen. After graduating from high school in Wilmington, Del., she returned to Roanoke to enter into the Cadet Nurses Training Program at Lewis-Gale Hospital. While in training, Helen met Bill on a blind date, and both were smitten. They married in 1948 and lived happily together for the next 55 years until Bill died in 2003. She worked in the Emergency Department and Out-Patient Clinic at Lewis-Gale for many years and then was active in the Lewis-Gale School of Nursing Alumnae Association after her retirement. Helen was a long-time and faithful member of Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, singing in the Sanctuary Choir for 50 years. She also served as a Deacon, was active in the Sunday School Program, was a leader in the Women of the Church and was a table parent with the Kids Kirk Program. When not volunteering at church, she was active in the community. After hosting and loving an exchange student from the Philippines, Araceli Mabilin, Helen remained active in the American Field Service Organization for years afterward. She had many friends through her affiliation with the Shi Kang Sorority and a number of bridge clubs in which she was active. The family would like to thank the caring and compassionate management and staff of Snyder Nursing Home in Salem for their love for Helen and their excellent care for the last two years. Helen was truly at home there with them. A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020, with Andrew Whaley, Pastor of Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.oakeys.com.
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