Helen C. Eden

Published 3:25 pm Sunday, April 30, 2017

Helen C. Eden


Helen C. Eden, 86, of Lancaster, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. Born Saturday, November 29, 1930, in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Blanche Harold Calico.

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She was a former teacher of Harlan County, Lancaster City, and Garrard County school systems. Helen was Valedictorian of her graduating class at Paint Lick High School, a graduate of Berea College, and continued graduate work at UK, and EKU.

She was also instrumental in establishing Title I, remedial reading, and math programs in the Garrard County school system. After retirement, she was twice director of Literacy and Adult Education of Garrard County. She was a member of Church at Cedar Creek. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother; Dr. Forrest Calico. 

Survivors include her husband, Johnnie Eden, of Lancaster; Edwin (Judy) Langford, of Pineville; step daughter, Tina Abassi of Lancaster, two step granddaughters, Madelyn Deaton, of Waynesburg, Savannah Abassi, of Lancaster; sister in-law, Dr. Patricia Calico, of Stanford; nephew, Dr. Jefferson (Cari) Calico, of Corbin; niece, Patricia Calico (Wes) Cohron, of Lexington; and six great-nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services for Helen will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Ramsey-Young Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Dalton, Dr. Jefferson Calico, and Bro. Aelred Dean officiating, with burial following at Lancaster Cemetery. 

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017, at Ramsey-Young Funeral Home. Friends and family may share memories or leave condolences on her tribute wall at www.ramsey-young.com. Ramsey-Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.