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The Obituary Helen Marie Clavon was the second child of the late David Marshall Williams Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Williams. She was born on November 14, 1937 in Frederick, Maryland. Helen grew up in West Philadelphia with her seven siblings. Three sisters, Janet (preceded her in death), Brenda and Patricia; and four brothers Ronald, David Jr., Lloyd and Joseph. She gave her life to Christ at an early age and was baptized at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. Helen always attended First Corinthian and she served on several auxiliaries, such as, Deaconess Board, Senior Choir, Scholarship Committee, Prayer Band, Flower Club and many more. In 2009, she became the Director/Coordinator of The Children's Church. Her love for the Lord coupled with her education and experience allowed her to touch many lives of the youth throughout the church.  She received her education in the Philadelphia Public School System. Upon graduating from John Bartram High School, she later attended the Community College of Philadelphia, where she obtained her Associates degree in Education. Helen enjoyed learning and teaching so her drive to succeed didn't stop there. She then enrolled in Temple University, where she obtained a Bachelors degree in Education and a Masters degree in Middle School Education. Helen entered the work world in 1953 starting out as a salad girl at Horn & Hardart Baking Company until 1965. She later became a School Crossing Guard and a Teacher's Assistant in Southwest Philadelphia. With much encouragement from her colleagues, upon obtaining her first degree, she became a teacher for the School District of Philadelphia. Helen was a dedicated teacher, mentor and colleague with a great sense of community. Twice nominated for Philadelphia Public School Teacher of the year in 1990 and 1993. Helen went on to teaching for the district and retired after 31 years of service.  On June 29, 1991, Helen married the love of her life, Vincent Clavon at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The two were inseparable. Always focusing on serving God. They attended classes at the senior center frequently. Helen would enjoy tap dancing, line dancing and keyboarding classes while Vincent would play pool. "The more we get together the happier we'll be" was Helen's family motto and she cherished that phase. Family was everything, being the mother of eight children. Helen leaves to cherish her memory: eight children, Wayne, Cheryl (Bennie Branch), Cynthia, Bruce (preceded her in death) (Darlene Adams), Nelson (Brenda Adams), Deborah, Lena (Norman Crawford preceded her in death) and Lionel (Joann Adams); children-in-law, Vernie, Vendeeta, Vincent, Saundra, Mark and Charmin; 30 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.  On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 the Lord called her home. Helen also known as Mumres was loved by many. Her vibrant smile, caring demeanor and importance of family will be cherished FOREVER.

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