Helen McAffee Debnam - 88

1/13/1930 - 3/23/2018

Byron, Illinois


  • Marian Michaelis Byron Museum

    on 03/29/18

    Before Helen moved east a few years ago, I was lucky to get to know her. As one of the founding commissioners of the Byron Museum District, Helen kept up with the museum and its events. Her collection of artifacts were the first donations made to the museum and are still a significant part of Byron's archive.
    I especially enjoyed my private conversations with Helen and learning about her experiences abroad and as a teacher. She was so soft spoken, it wasn't clear to me at first what a brave and adventurous woman she was. I know the people that grew up along side Helen knew this without thinking about it.
    Thank you Helen for preserving Byron's past for our future generations!

  • Tricia Pedersen

    on 04/02/18

    Art and family, Very sorry to hear about your mother's passing. She was a lovely person. She always so was nice to talk to. I know she will be deeply missed. Tricia

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