Helen Pannell…January 8, 1923 – January 7, 2018



A Memorial Service for Helen Armstrong-Pannell will be held at 10am on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the Syracuse Wesleyan Church in Syracuse, Kansas. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

Helen (Mitchell) Armstrong-Pannell was born on January 8, 1923 in Anderson, Missouri to William and Louella (Slagle) Mitchell. She passed away on January 7, 2018 at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kansas at the age of 94.

Helen grew up during The Great Depression, the youngest of five children. She became frugal in her ways of living because of the struggles she saw during that time. She attended and graduated from Anderson Schools. Helen took great pride in being a mother and a housewife. She was not only able to put food on the table for her family but also managed to feed many of the farmhands.  Helen was married to Loyal Armstrong in 1941 and to this union, 4 children were born.  In 1960, Helen began working in a restaurant until purchasing one in 1969.  She then retired in 1975.  Helen then married Chett Pannell in 1975.

Helen is survived by her daughters, Jo Bizzell and Donna Sue Rohrer; son, John (Joyce) Armstrong; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces; as well as many other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Luella and William Mitchell; son, Lewis Armstrong; husband, Chett Pannell; sisters, Bea Dunkel and Dixie Shannon; and brothers, Wayne Mitchell and George Mitchell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 7306 Ladies Auxiliary in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.


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