Helen Louise Hess

November 21, 1927July 3, 2017

Helen L. Hess was born on November 21st, 1927 in Nemacolin, PA. She passed away peacefully on July 3rd, 2017, in the afternoon in her home, surrounded by her loved ones. Helen was the daughter of Thomas and Emma Davies. She grew up with six siblings, Genevieve, Elizabeth, Marian, Kathleen, Gil and Tom. She was a member of the Light Opera Guild, the Eastern Star and the South Charleston Methodist Choir. Helen attended WVU on a full music scholarship. In 1947 she met the love of her life, Robert H. Hess. They married in Morgantown, WV. They later moved to South Charleston where they shared their life and raised two sons, Robert and Alan Hess. Helen loved Summersville Lake, the beach, flowers, cooking, and singing, which she continued to do beautifully until her final week. When she was blessed with her two grandchildren, Amy and Alan Hess, Jr, her life changed forever. She loved them unconditionally until her last day. Helen leaves behind her husband, Robert H. Hess, her son Robert H. Hess, Jr, son, Alan F. Hess, daughter in law, Susan M. Hess, grandson Alan F. Hess, Jr, granddaughter Amy R. Evans, her husband Matthew N. Evans, and her great grandsons Banyan R. Evans and Baylen M. Evans. She will never be forgotten. A celebration of her life will be held at the family farm in Fayetteville on Thursday evening, July 6th, 2017. For those wishing to express your condolences to the Hess family, you may do so by visiting our website at The family has entrusted arrangements to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, WV.


Helen Louise Hess

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July 6, 2017

To the Hess family, and to my best and dearest friend ...Alan Sr. , my heart and prayers are with you all during this time.
I pretty much grew up in the Hess household during the weekends. Mrs. Hess(Helen) and Mr. Hess(Bob) were my weekend parents and Alan was like my brother. Helen always loved and took care of us kids...always very family oriented.... cooked us great meals , fixed us snacks when Alan and I headed out to the back yard where we had set up the tent for the night and generally tended to us......all without being intrusive .......What a great Mom!
One of my fondest memories of Helen is the kindness she expressed when us kids...and I am sure naggingly, asked her to take us for a car ride in the Bonneville with its top down. Helen always had time for the kids.
I feel blessed to have known Helen..that she accepted me as one of her own,and I can only imagine the mutititude of ways she enriched the lives of those she crossed paths with.
I thank GOD for allowing me to have known Helen.....I thought the world of her...and she will be missed.
To the Hess family...You all are surley blessed to have had such a fine and caring person in your family.

God Bless You all,
Mark Lambert

July 6, 2017

Kathleen Winslow Lanford for Kathleen Davies Winslow. Our whole family wishes to send our condolences for the loss of our Aunt and Sister Dear Helen. Our Prayers for Bob Hess and Family. God's Blessings are wished for you. All Our Love.

Sue Davies

July 6, 2017

Dear family,
I was sadden to learn of the passing of Aunt Helen today through a relative on We had lost touch in the last few years but I have many fond memories of Aunt Helen, my Mom's Libby's youngest sister. I remember her wonderful sense of humor, her beautiful voice and her great sense of fashion. I always looked up to her and she was one of my favorite Aunts. She will be missed. Our love to Uncle Bob and cousins Bobby and Alan and their families
Sue Davies
Bradenton, Fl

July 5, 2017

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very sad time Psalms 29:11