Died April 12, 2008
Helen Tucker Waters, 97, a retired home economist, died Saturday, April 12, 2008 at her home at Heritage Point, Morgantown, West Virginia.
Mrs. Waters was born in Kingmont, near Fairmont, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Alexander and Rachel Work Tucker and the widow of John Robert Waters, Jr., who died in 1987. Orphaned at 13, she moved to Morgantown to live with her cousin, Benjamin G. Reeder, and his wife and family while completing her schooling.
She is survived by Patricia Waters Mills, stepdaughter, of West Jefferson, NC; grandson Robert and wife Kathy Mills of Greensboro, NC; grandson John and wife Kellie Mills and their daughter Rachel of Pittsburgh, PA; and cousins Louise Reeder Seeton, Margaret Reeder Ferguson, James B. Reeder, Carolyn Reeder Greiner, and William F. Reeder.
After receiving her B.S. in Home Economics at West Virginia University in 1932, she began what became a 43-year career with Monongahela Power Company. Her work took her to all corners of West Virginia, for as electric power reached the remote rural sections of the state, power company representatives taught new electric customers how to choose and use electric appliances and equipment safely and productively. In addition, she worked closely with the Cooperative Extension Service and vocational education programs teaching food safety and nutrition, home management, and developing leadership skills in members of organizations in the communities she visited. She enjoyed working with farm women’s clubs and homemakers’ organizations, and she especially enjoyed her work with youth organizations, including FFA and 4-H.
Mrs. Waters was for sixty years an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Fairmont. After moving to Heritage Point, she joined Wesley United Methodist Church. She was a member of AAUW and Soroptimist International. She was active in various home economics organizations throughout the state, and in 4-H and Extension Homemaker groups.
Mrs. Waters was a member of the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame and a recipient of both state and national “Friend of 4-H” awards.
At West Virginia University, she was a founding member of Alpha Phi sorority, a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron (the professional home economics fraternity), a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, a past president of the WVU Emeritus Club, and a member of the Order of Vandalia.
A memorial service for Mrs. Waters will be held at the West Virginia Building at WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp, near Weston, WV at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2008. Private interment will be at a later date at Woodsdale Memorial Park in Grafton, West Virginia, as Mrs. Waters donated her body to West Virginia University for medical research.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Helen T. Waters 4-H Scholarship Endowment or to the Helen T. Waters Jackson’s Mill Renovations Endowment, in care of the WVU Foundation, P.O. Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507.