September 7, 1931 ~ December 13, 2017

Born in: Winston-Salem, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, North Carolina

Helen Lucille (Reece) Blackwell, 86, of Asheville, died Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Wood Assisted Living, Givens Estates. Born in Winston-Salem, she was the wife of the late Norris E. Blackwell, and the daughter of the late Ernest Ira and Lollie Caroline Reece. She was preceded in death by a stepson, Steven Blackwell, a brother, Ernest Ira Reece II, and a sister, Mildred Keller. She was a member of Biltmore United Methodist Church and attended services at Norma Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates. Helen was an avid golfer and was a member of the Givens and Hendersonville Bridge Clubs. She also enjoyed croquet and Mah-Jongg. Helen is survived by a daughter, Paula London and her husband Paul Lange of Winston-Salem; a step-daughter, Ellen Kelly and her husband Will of Cary, NC; a granddaughter, Brittany Vola; a sister, Patricia Ann Valencia of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico; and a daughter-in-law, Esther Blackwell. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 PM Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Norma Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville with Ed Hillman officiating. Friends will be received at a reception to follow. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital online at www.stjude.org. Groce Funeral Home, Lake Julian, is assisting the family.

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