Norman, OK – Helen Virginia Dunlap, 79, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013, in Norman following complications related to pneumonia. Services will be 2 p.m., Thursday at Primrose Chapel, 1109 N. Porter in Norman. Visitation is 4 – 7 p.m., Wednesday.
Helen was born January 7, 1934, in Dennison, Ohio to Carl E. and Thelma L. (Stout) Richard. She was a 1951 graduate of Dennison High School and married Alfred C. Dunlap in 1952. She had four daughters, "the girls," and raised them in Ohio, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Helen was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a 5-year cancer survivor who embraced life every day. She volunteered at the Survivor Resource Center at Norman Regional Hospital. Helen never met a stranger touching many people with fabric, yarn, and thread. A member of the Washington United Methodist Church, she served as treasurer and co-sponsor of the youth "Sew 'n Sew" group. She was also a member of the Norman Area Quilters Guild and Community Projects Committee that makes donation quilts for local children's organizations. Recently she assumed the treasurer position for her guild.
Helen is survived by her sister, Joanne Riffle of Seminole; brother, John French of Colorado; four daughters, Vicki Borycki (Dennis) of Norman, Jane Garrard (Doug) of Edmond, Barbara Williams (Mark) of Blanchard, June Sherrell (Rob) of Washington; ten grandchildren, Lori Gustin, Ginger Church, Christi Vaughn, James Garrard, Jeremy Williams, Jacob Williams, Cheyenne Williams, Josh Reese, Angel Sherrell, Nick Sherrell; 14 great grandchildren, AJ, Torri, Alex, Rafe, Audrie, Collier, Malakhi, Macin, Landon, Lance, Faith, Gracie, Bryan, Averie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred Clark Dunlap and very dear friend Robert Angel; siblings, Peggy, Jimmy, Lois, Dean, Mary Ellen, and her parents.
Memorial donations may be made in her honor to: American Cancer Society (ACS), 6525 N Meridian Ave, Suite 110, OKC, OK 73116 for Survivor Resource Center @ Norman Regional Hospital or Norman Area Quilters Guild, PO Box 5221, Norman, OK 73070.
Arrangements are entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service. Online condolences may be shared at: www.dignitymemorial.com/primrose