Helene J. Giant, 99, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:02 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018 at her home. Born September 2, 1918 in Noble County, she was the daughter of Ward L. and Letha (Hile) Nelson.
She graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1936. On December 24, 1938 Helene married William I. Giant. She worked at Dana Weatherhead in Columbia City for 13 years, retiring in 1981. In 1939, she sold produce from her own property along with noodles and bread at the South Side Market in Fort Wayne. She was a member of Risen Savior Church in Fort Wayne, a Life member of the VFW, was an Eagle Charter Member for 60 years and a Rebecca Lodge member since 1947, all in Columbia City.
Survivors include her brothers, Harley Nelson, of Columbia City and Hurshell "Bud" (Beverly) Nelson, of Churubusco; sister, Hildanna Camp, of Waterloo, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Jean Ann Giant; son, David Giant; brothers, Hugh, Harold, Henry, and Hile Nelson; sisters, Harriet Loe, Hatti Falls, Hazel Bowman, Henrietta Phend and Hulda Nelson.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home with calling starting at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given in her memory to Risen Savior Lutheran Church or Parkview Whitley Home Health Care and Hospice. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send her family condolences.
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