Helene Killian Price

Saturday, August 10, 1946 - Thursday, May 23, 2024

Loved Her Family Deeply

Photo of Helene Killian Price  - 1946-2024

Helene Killian Price, age 77, made the trip to Heaven, on Thursday evening, May 23, 2024, and is now with her parents and brothers in God’s glory.  Helene was courageous in life and developed a quiet, unassuming, tenacity.  That tenacity was used to fight adversity and sickness until the end.  She found the strength, gifted by her Savior, to tell individual loved ones, “I love you.”  In those fragile moments, she was the caregiver sharing her love, that was and will always be Helene.

She was born August 10, 1946, in Clyde, North Carolina, and was raised by her momma and daddy, Ben and Ruby Killian.  Her brothers Benny and Bob along with her sister Sherry grew up in a home filled with devotion, love, and protection.  The value of family was ingrained in Helene's soul and this upbringing shaped who she was destined to be, a phenomenal mom, daughter, sister, wife, and coworker.  

As a momma, she took care of her daughter, Angie, and son, Chris with every ounce of energy she had, Helene loved them in times of laughter, joy, and sorrow. Neither had to wonder about their momma’s love. Even though there were times Chris pushed the limits, his momma loved him.  The bond between  Angie and her momma was more than anyone could ever imagine.  Love and care carried them through tough times together while developing an unbreakable bond- cherished and celebrated forever.

As a daughter, Helene showed her momma and daddy unwavering respect and love. The foundation she received from her parents served her well learning dedication, discipline, and kindness, demonstrating it in all aspects of her life.  This shined with her role as a sister. Her closeness to her brothers made for a special kinsmanship that lasted her entire life, and oh how she missed them after their passing.  Sherry was very blessed to have Helene as a big sis and friend in her life. What family meant to Helene was truly obvious. She developed a love of the piano and many evenings if you were passing by their home on Hyder Mountain Road you could hear Sugar playing hymns accompanied by her daddy.   You may have also passed by on a summer evening and caught a glimpse of the family sitting on the porch swinging or rocking. During the summer season there could have been some bean stringing or corn shucking mixed with laughter and good conversation on the porch..  Or even anxious kids waiting on the porch for their kin to travel in for a mini-reunion or holiday were happy memories. On Hyder Mountain Road, Helene was the best daughter, sister,  momma, and wife you could ever hope for.  

As a husband, Paul C. was fortunate to have her as his wife for 32 years.  They had good camping trips and a beach trip or two.  She was a great homemaker and goodness, could she cook, another of those things handed down from her momma. On Plott Drive in Canton, Paul and Helene made a calm, peaceful home. " Little Molly" was their doggie who was showered with love and attention -seriously, how they loved that little dog.  "Ms. Kitty" is a beautiful long-haired cat that stayed with momma, at the end of her bed, until the end.  Paul and Helene loved each other very much and developed a relationship on trust and understanding.  Their neighbors couldn’t ask for better people.  Plott Drive was a better place with the Prices.

For residents of Haywood or Buncombe County, if you ever needed gas from Petrolane or Blossmans, you could only hope Helene answered the phone.  Her level of commitment to customer service was professional, yet personal.  For many who may have been struggling with payment, or desperate due to the cold weather, Helene gave the same care she showed her family.  Hours calculating routes, bills, and friendliness made Helene the type of employee and coworker any company or customer was lucky to know.

She is survived by her loving husband, Paul; her children, Angie Jenkins, Chris Lowe (Jane), and Sally Brady (Boone); grandchildren, Blake Jenkins (Sara), Megan McCracken (Houston), Trent Lowe, and Lily Grace Lowe; great-grandchildren, Lincoln Jenkins, Holston, Maelyn, and Riggs McCracken a sister, Sherry Gentry (David); sisters-in-law, Jane Killian and Mamie Townsend;  nieces and nephews, Ginger Stephenson (Mark), Patience Scott (Micheal), Micheal Killian (Lydia), Amy Wilson(Jonathan), Brittany Milling (Aaron), and Jordan Gentry; many great-nieces and great-nephews and also cousins.  The fabric of family was a slice of Heaven Helen cherished.

She was preceded in death by parents Ruby and Ben Killian,  her brothers Benny and Bob Killian, and also her son-in-law Chuck Jenkins.

A service of remembrance to celebrate the life of Mrs. Price will be held at 7:00 pm Wednesday evening, May 29, 2024 at the Historic Grove Church located at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. A receiving of friends will be held at the church immediately following the service. 

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is deeply honored to be caring for the Price family.


Condolences from family and friends

Angie, Chris, I'm sorry to hear of Helenes passing. Eric and I send our love and prayers to you all.
Tara Pace
Helena was a very special friend. I graduated with her from high school. She was sweet and kind. I will miss running into her at the grocery store. I am praying for the family . She will be missed!
Polly cagle Stiles
Angie and family. So sorry to hear of your moms passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days to come.
Ricky and Gail Paxton
Helene was a sweet lady that loved her family. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. We know that they have many special memories of Helene that they hold in their hearts.
Jeff and Pam Henderson
Angie and Family, I ran into Helene over a year ago at the produce stand. She came up to me and called me by name. I was so surprised after almost 37 years that she recognized me. We stood and talked a long time about when Angie and I were in Middle and High School. She truly was an amazing lady. I hope you all can find peace and comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of her. Sending prayers for your family.
Kimberly Jimison Ray
We all grew together on Hyder Mtn Road. She was a dear first cousin that I looked up too and loved. Her presence in this world will be missed but this beautiful lady will be never forgotten. Rest in peace sweet Helene.
Libby Abernathy
Angie, Sherry and families so sad to hear this. My prayers are with all of your family
Nancy Green
So sorry for your loss of Helene. She was a very fine lady.
Linda Smith (Dane)
I will miss our visits and always treasure what a good cousin you were. Debby Killian Knapik
Debby Knapik