Mrs. Helen Downie Conner, age 79, of Vidalia died Wednesday September 1, 2010 at Community Hospice of Vidalia. Born on May 1, 1931 in Uvalda, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Downie. Mrs. Conner graduated from Georgia Southern in 1953, and she obtained a Masters in Education in 1976. She was selected as STAR teacher seven times at Vidalia High School where she was head of the Math Program. She also taught Mathematics at Brewton Parker College. She loved her church, family and community. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Vidalia and the Winsome Sunday School Class. She served as a former president of the Pine Ridge Garden Club and was a member of the Daughters of the Revolution. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Lawrence Conner, and her brother Neal Downie.
Mrs. Conner is survived by one son and daughter-in -law, John and Barbara Conner of Vidalia, GA; and one daughter and son- in- law, Ann C. and Wallace Harrell, III of St. Simons Island, GA; two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Laura Ann Harrell of St. Simons Island, GA.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 3, 2010 from 5:00 until 8:00 PM at Murchison Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be held Saturday September 4, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. in the Historic Sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Vidalia with Rev. Don Moye officiating.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.
Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the J.C. Brewton Scholarship Fund at Brewton Parker College or to the First Baptist Church of Vidalia.