Miss Helen Irene Ives, 98, of 926 State Rt. 29, Salisbury, a retired elementary teacher and local historian, died Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at her residence comforted by the love of her family.
Miss Ives was born in Little Falls, NY, on December 8th, 1915, the daughter of Fred A. and Irene (Sweet) Ives, and attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Salisbury Center. She continued her education by graduating from Dolgeville High School, class of 1933 and then continued by graduating from State Normal School in Oneonta in 1936.
She taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in Salisbury Corners for three years and then took a position in the West Canada Valley Central School as an elementary teacher where she taught for 37 years before retiring in 1977.
Helen Irene Ives
Helen was a member of the West Canada Valley Retired Teachers Association, Herkimer County Retired Teachers, and the New York State Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member of the Salisbury Historical Society, serving as president, vice president, and secretary for many years. She also served as a trustee for the former Universalist Church of Dolgeville, and as the town of Salisbury historian since 1996. She was also a trustee for the Salisbury Rural Cemetery Association, and a life member of the Auskerada-Maquaes-Rock City Chapter 204 Order of Eastern Star.
Helen was the first recipient of the Salisbury Citizenship Award for her dedication to the community in 2010.
She is survived by her nephews and their wives, Frederick and Betty Lou Ives, with whom she resided with and took special care of her, Edward C. and Lisa Howard of Sarasota, FL; grandnieces, Shannon Merrill of Dryden, NY and Heather Rothwell and her husband Jim of Lititz, Pa.; a grandnephew, Kyle T. Howard of Johnstown, NY. She was predeceased by a sister, Cornelia Ives Howard; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Dorothy Ives; a niece and her husband, Cheryl and Archie Darling; and a brother-in-law, Edward W. Howard.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 1st, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Roberts & Enea Funeral Home, 3 Faville Avenue, Dolgeville, with the Rev. Lynn Lockwood, pastor of the Salisbury Center United Methodist Church, officiating. Friends may call on Saturday morning from 11 a.m. until the time of the services.
Memorials may be made to the Salisbury Historical Society or to the Salisbury Fire Department in her honor. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
A remembrance of Helen or a message of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.robertsandenea.com.