Obituary of Elizabeth Siegel
February 1, 1938 - February 23, 2023
Elizabeth Helen Siegel. Age 85 of Wyandotte.
Beloved wife of Robert. Loving mother of Charles (Annette Frederick) Siegel, Cyndi Siegel, Robyn (Tony) Siegel-Hinson, Dawn Davidson (the late Wayne), Ronald (Jody) Siegel and Michelle (Brian) Kohler. Dearest grandmother of Melissa (Joe), Jeremy (Rachel), Sarah, Rhys (Emily), LJ, Josh, Justin, Faith, Kelsey (Austin), Sydney (Kurtis) and Elijah. Great grandmother of Emily, Silas, Matthew and Michael. Dear sister of Patricia Pliva, Michael Kelley, Donna Duncan, Tim Kelley, Wanda Gilbert, Linda Clark, Laura Reyna and the late Edward Kelley.
Elizabeth Helen Siegel (known as Helen) was born in Centerville, Tennessee and was the first born of her parents, Marion and Elvis Kelley. As a teen she moved to Detroit, Michigan. She loved English and writing in high school.
She met the love of her life, Robert Donald, on a blind double date she and her best friend went on in 1955. By the end of the evening, she and her best friend agreed to switch fellas because Helen was smitten with Robert. Helen and Robert were married in July of 1956. Early on Helen worked at Cunningham Drug store behind the soda fountain. She also worked for years as an Avon representative. But her longest held position was a Crossing Guard for the Wyandotte School district under the jurisdiction of the Wyandotte Police. She was Wyandotte’s longest employee Crossing Guard, working for 30 years. Throughout her Crossing Guard career, her post was crossing kids safely across the railroad tracks on Goddard Road. She was featured in the News Herald in 2006 in an article, “Standing Guard: Woman Befriends Students, Handles Crossing for 26 Years”.
She was an active member in her church from early in her life at East Side Central Church of Christ in Detroit. Later, she was active in the Joy Bus outreach at Ecorse Church of Christ. Her last years were spent worshipping, working with, teaching Sunday school, volunteering at Walk for Water, teaching children’s Bible Study for several years, and encouraging members young and old alike at Lincoln Park Church of Christ.
She was known by her children and just about everyone she knew as a kind, sweet, and loving person. Always eager to go out to dinner with folks. She was a thoughtful and Christ-like woman. She was humble and always up to date on current news and the Tigers. She was an avid bowler and has the trophies to prove it. She was well-known for her unique birthday phone calls and never forgot a birthday!
She loved reading the Bible and read it through at least twice. She, along with her husband, was constantly busy supporting her children and grandchildren in their activities from cheerleading, to baseball, softball, basketball, diving, dance recitals, music recitals, tennis matches, gymnastics, track, college theater events, football, ice-skating, bowling, or a grandson’s preaching.
Her overriding interest and her legacy is the family she leaves behind – the children, grandchildren, and great children- whom she steadfastly believed were all perfect.
Cremation will take place at The On-Site Crematory located within the Molnar Funeral Homes - Brownstown Chapel.
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