HELEN BEST CRAMER MANASSAS, Va. – Helen Best Cramer, 95, a resident of Manassas, Va., former longtime resident of Union, died quietly Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at the Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge, Va., shortly after suffering a stroke. Mrs. Cramer was born April 12, 1909, in Regis Falls, N.Y., a daughter of George and Louise Gilbert Best. At a young age Helen moved to Jackman, where she graduated from Jackman High School, Class of 1926. She continued her education at the Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass., in 1927 and 1928, and later took courses at the University of Maine in Farmington and Orono. She taught elementary education (in one-room schoolhouses, one of which is on display on the Union Fairgrounds) in Washington and Burketville, and then taught Kindergarten and First Grade in Union for more than 30 years, retiring in 1976. She was a longtime member of the Union Nazarene Church, serving in various positions including Treasurer, Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and making her own clothes. In 1987, she moved to Leisure World, a retirement community in Silver Spring, Md., and then to Manassas, Va., to be close to her family. Mrs. Cramer was predeceased by her husband, Nathaniel S. Cramer. Survivors include two sons, Edward H. Cramer of Manassas, Va., Donald A Cramer of Farmington, Conn.; brother, John “Wesley” Best of Chipley, Fla.; two sisters, Dorothy Beckwith of Sidney, Marion Keane of Caratunk; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Visiting hours will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2004, at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16, 2004, at the Hall Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family request’s that donations be made in Mrs. Cramer’s memory to the Union Nazarene Church, 85 Townhouse Road, Union, ME 04862. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Hall Funeral Home, Waldoboro.
HELEN BEST CRAMER
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