Helen L. Davis Friend

September 04, 1917 ‒ December 29, 2015

Columbus, Ohio

Helen Davis Friend, age 98, passed away early Monday December 29, 2015.

She had lived in Columbus Ohio and was preceded in death by husband William Edgar Friend, brothers Edward and Robert Davis, sister Jean Anderson and special friend Warren VanDorn.

Survived by daughters and sons-in-law Joy and Howard Rees and Jill and Chip Merkle, along with her “perfect” grandchildren Kristen (Andres) Benitez, Jonathan Rees, Carolyn Rees, Katie Merkle, Jason Merkle and Tessa Merkle and great grandchildren Xavier and Mariel Benitez.

Born in Beaver, PA. Helen graduated from The Ohio State University in 1940 with a degree in Commercial Education. She was also a life member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Clintonville Women’s Club and Overbrook Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday April 9, 2016 at the Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio  43214. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church Narthex.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Overbrook Presbyterian Church and the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Friend family and condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

  • Dearest Joy, Jill and Family,

    My brother John sent me notice of your Mom’s passing. My sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom. Helen was such a kind and funny lady. Her laugh would light up a room! Your Mom was such a good friend and neighbor to our Mom, which was much appreciated. We all have so many wonderful memories of life on Blenheim Road to keep our hearts warm. Blessings to you all in this time of sorrow.