Departed June 10, 2022 in Palm Bay, Florida
Long time resident of Melbourne Beach, Helen Oed, passed away on June 10, at the age of 92. Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929, she was raised in Jasper, Alabama.
After graduating from the University of Alabama and Columbia University, she and her husband Bill moved to the area in 1952, where they both were teachers for a time at Ruth Henegar Elementary School. Helen was a devout Catholic and a long-time member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was an active participant in the League of Women Voters and enjoyed her spare time being a formidable Scrabble opponent, playing bridge, and watching Jeopardy.
Helen was a multitalented artist and art educator in all mediums – ceramics, painting, textiles. She volunteered for many years at the Brevard Art Center and Museum for the Sun-Up program, providing art education for the disabled. Helen was a gifted seamstress ranging from making bridal dresses and suits for her family and friends, to donating her time to making school uniforms for children in South America and knitting baby caps for newborns. She was also an excellent cook, with varied recipients enjoying her culinary delights. There isn’t enough ink to list her every good deed and talents.
Very generous and hospitable, Helen opened her home to those in need, including a few people who became part of the family. She was fondly regarded and will be missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, sister Mary, brother Louis, and infant son Jimmy. She is survived by her children, John (Jan), Lisa (Lad), Louis (Susan), Dana (Dallas), April (Charles), 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, sister-in-law Susan, son-in-law So, and nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Melbourne Beach, at 1:30 pm, on Saturday, June 18, 2022.
The family would like to thank the staff at RiverView Senior Resort, as well as the Vitas hospice nurses and staff for their loving care of Helen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to World Central Kitchen: