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Helen Ruth Laraway Proper
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Berne Fire Company
    PO Box 187
    Berne, NY 12023

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Helen Ruth Laraway Proper, 91, formerly of Berne, NY passed away on January 21, 2013 at Rockingham County Hospice in North Carolina after a brief illness.

Helen was the daughter of the late Carver and Ruth Weidman Laraway.

Helen was predeceased by her husband, Freeman Proper and her grandson David Laxton in 1991. Survivors include her daughter, Chyrl Laxton and husband Rex of Reidsville, NC, and her son James Proper and wife Linda of Irmo, SC.

She is also survived by her grandchildren Lori Thorn and husband Tommy, Daniel Proper and wife Stephanie, great grandsons Samuel Thorn and Andrew Proper and great- granddaughters Helen Thorn and Jessica Proper.

Helen worked for the Berne Knox Central School in the cafeteria for 22 years. She was a life time member of the Berne Ladies Auxiliary for the Berne Fire Department and a long time member of the Hilltown Seniors. Helen spent 62 years caring for her beautiful home on the Berne Altamont Road in Berne.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Palmer and Shaylor Funeral Home, 134 River St., Middleburgh, NY and interment at Keyserkill Cemetery, Broome Center, NY. Family and friends are invited to a period of visitation to be held at the funeral home, prior to the service from 10 to 11 AM.

Memorial contributions may be made to Berne Fire Company, P O Box 187, Berne, New York 12023