Helen Elaine (Haefele) Bilyeu, 73, of Grove, passed unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

She was born Feb. 29, 1944, in Louisburg, Kansas, daughter of the late Cyril and Nadine (McDowell) Haefele.

She is predeceased by her brother Fredrick Haefele.

She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Richard Bilyeu; her two children Sandi (Frey) Reddin and Marc Frey and grandson Nick Reddin; step-children Scott Bilyeu, Angie Bilyeu, Carie Bilyeu, step-grandchildren Seth Bilyeu, Skye (Bilyeu) Tennant, Saige Bilyeu and six step-great grandchildren; sister Margaret (Haefele) Hahn and brother-in-law John and brother Ray Haefele and sister-in-law Irene; and Godchildren Mary (Hahn) Ewing, Heather (Stuchlik) Ehlert, Amy (Haefele) Watkins and Krista (Stuchlik) Curler. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Helen enjoyed spending time gardening, cooking, sewing, crafting, reading, living the lake life and traveling. She was an active member of Garden Club both in Grove, and Bonner Springs, Kansas. She was very involved in her children’s activities and school library, church and community.

Helen never met anyone that she didn’t like and always put others first. She will be remembered and cherished for her integrity, wisdom, generous spirit and laugh.

Services for Helen took place on Saturday, Sept. 16, in Louisburg, Kansas, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with interment at Saint Mary’s Cemetery.