Helen C. Harless, 90, of Metamora, formerly of Shelbyville, IL, passed away at 1:15 PM, February 8, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the First Christian Church, Shelbyville with Rev. Kevin Ray officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday in the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, Shelbyville.

She was born March 2nd, 1919, in Canton, IL, to Jerry and Bessie (Strawn) Wolf.She married Aubrey Eugene Harless on August 15, 1943 in Canton, who preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1978.

Surviving are her children Allen (Ola) Harless of Douglas, Georgia, Ann (Jeff) Ringness of Germantown Hills, IL, Aubrey (Kim) Harless of Efland, NC, and Adrian (Barb) Harless of Springfield, IL.Also surviving are grandchildren:Elizabeth (Alan) Pickerel, Garrett (Carrie) Ringness, Aubrey (McKenna) and Zak Harless, Philip, Caroline, and Andrew Harless.Surviving Step grandchildren are George (Melanie) Kirkland, Nora (Tom) Meeks, Cynthia (Andy) Merritt, and Chris (Marcia) Kirkland.Two great-grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren, and one step great-great-grandchild survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and sister.

Helen graduated from Canton High School and the University of Illinois, where she was a 4-H House sister.She taught Home Economics for two years at the Varna IL High School.Helen then joined the Extension Staff of the University of Missouri where she served in St. Louis County as County Home Advisor.After marriage to Aubrey, Helen was hired as a Physical Education teacher at Shelbyville High School.She later earned her M.A. degree from Eastern Illinois University and served as guidance counselor at Moulton Junior High School in Shelbyville.

Helen was very active in the Shelbyville community.She was the first woman elder at the First Christian Church in Shelbyville, and sang in the choir for many years.For 50 years, she was a 4-H Club leader and she and Aubrey started the annual 4-H Chicken Barbeque.Helen was a member of the Shelby County Home Bureau.In her later years, she enjoyed volunteering through the Red Cross and other organizations.

She enjoyed playing the piano, playing cards, traveling, and being with family.