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NOV 2006  


NEW HARMONY - Helen Anna Blackburn, 85, of Indianapolis, a former resident of New Harmony, Ind., died at 2:15 a.m. Monday, November 20, 2006, at St. Vincent Hospice.


She was a resident of Westside Retirement Village.


Helen was born in New Harmony, Ind., on February 3, 1921, she was the daughter of Ezra T. Shephard and Anna Huck Shephard. She was a graduate of New Harmony High School. She later resided in Mount Vernon, Ind., where she raised her family and was a devoted mother and grandmother.


Survivors include her daughter, Ramona Henderson of Columbus, Ind.; a son, Ronald Blackburn of Indianapolis; a brother, Perry Shephard and his wife, Doris, of La Mesa, Calif.; a granddaughter, Ali Lewis and her husband, Tom, of Indianapolis; and a grandson, Thomas J. Henderson of Irvine, Calif.


She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Nicholas Shephard and Ivan Shephard.


The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 25, 2006, at Werry Funeral Home in New Harmony, Ind. Preceding the ceremony will be a visitation from noon to 2 p.m.  (Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery in New Harmony, Indiana.)


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Riley Children's Foundation  diabetes research unit.


Published in the Courier Press on 11⁄22⁄2006



Originally submitted by Betty Sellers