Dr. Helen S. Chandler

dr. helen chandler
Dr. Helen S. Chandler, 92, died Friday, April 16, 1999, at her home at the Givens Estates United Methodist Retirement Community.

Dr. Chandler was born in Asheville, was a daughter of thelate Charles Trent and Mary Mollie Whitaker Sneed, and was married to Emett D. Chandler, who died in 1994.  She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Alma Russell and Johnnie Duckett, and a brother, Bud Sneed.

She was Woman of the Week in the Asheville Citizen in 1968, and in 1978 she was asked to be guest editor, writing on 'The Joy of Volunteering'.

Dr. Chandler was treasurer of the Black Mountain Rod and Gun Club for 50 years and secretary-treasurer of the Western North Carolina Hereford Association.  She was instrumental in the construction of Brooks-Howell Home, where the Chandler-Burns Apartments honor her.

In 1972, she was elected to the Board of Global Ministries of the Methodist Church.  In 1975, she was elected President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Givens Estates, a position she held until 1983.  She received a Doctor of Humanities degree from Pfeiffer University, where she also served on the Board of Trustees.

She was active in every level of work in the United Methodist Church, and Abernethy United Methodist Church was organized in her home in 1946.  At the time of her death, she was a member of Skyland United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Gayle C. Winsor of Asheville;  a granddaughter, Betsey W. Ambler of Asheville;  a grandson, David C. Winsor of Novato, CA;  and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Monday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. J. Oscar Dowdle and Arnie Corriher officiating.  Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Givens Estates, Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803, or to Skyland United Methodist Church, PO Box 697, Skyland, NC 28776.

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