1909 - 2013
Published: January 30, 2013
Helen Vaile, 103, a resident of Bella Vista, Ark., for four years, passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Ark. Helen Bird Galaty Vaile was born Oct. 24, 1909, in Oak Park, Ill., to Peter Constantine and Minnie Elizabeth Bird Galaty. She was one of two children.
She was raised and educated in Oak Park, attended Beloit College in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Illinois. Helen married William Wilson Vaile on Sept. 14, 1935, and they shared 42 happy years together. Helen and Wilson raised one daughter, Bonita Helen Fischer Dove, who resides in Bella Vista, Ark.
Helen was a homemaker dedicated to her family, enjoyed her church and was active in a number of church guilds (especially Saint Barbara's Guild at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Wayne, Ind.), the Kappa Delta Sorority Society and other various clubs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Vaile; one brother, James Galaty.
She is survived by one daughter, Bonita Dove, her son-in-law, John, of Bella Vista; two grandsons, Col. Jeffrey Howard Fischer of Vienna, Austria, and Bret Michael Fischer and wife, Lisa, of Kansas City, Mo.; two great-granddaughters, Madison Rose Fischer and Laney Bella Fischer of Kansas City, Mo.; two nieces, Diane Galaty Connors and husband, Jack, and Frances Galaty Carson, both of Bettendorf, Iowa; and a great-nephew, Brain Vaile of Webster, Fla.
Helen's grandsons and great-granddaughters were the love of her life, and all who knew her will cherish the memories of this caring and loving fine lady.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at St. Theodore's Episcopal Church in Bella Vista with Father Ken Parks officiating. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. until service time.
Burial will be at Crown Point Cemetery in Kokomo, Ind.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Concordia Catered Living (Attn: Ane Burke) 11 Professional Drive, Bella Vista, AR 72715; St. Theodore's Episcopal Church Discretionary Fund, 1001 Kingsland Road, Bella Vista, AR 72714; or a charity of donor's choice.
Arrangements have been entrust to Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services of Rogers.
Words of comfort may be expressed and memories shared at stockdalefuneral.com.