Helen I. Showell, 89


Helen I. Showell, 89, of Bishopville, Md., departed this life on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md. She was the youngest child born to the late Fred Sturgis and Mamime (Turlington) Sturgis of Pungoteague, Va.

Showell was a homemaker and worked at Bunting’s Nursery and at the Stockley Center. She was member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Dagsboro, Del. She loved to sew, and made quilts, baby blankets and dolls. She was creative and built her own bedroom closet.

Showell was most known for her big heart and amazing cooking. She welcomed everyone into her home and was famous for making special dishes for her family and friends. Everyone loved her homemade rolls, and she passed that recipe on to one of her granddaughters.

Showell always shared how much she loved the babies, the grand, great-grand and the great-great-grand. She made everyone around her feel special, and even gave her loved one’s nicknames, such as “baby, doll baby, hun, sweetie and sweetheart.” Her favorite pastime was her private Bible study at home. She lived a great life, and her family and friends will cherish those memories forever.

Showell was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Thomas G. Showell; a son, Curtis S. Showell; three brothers, Nathaniel “Consia” Sturgis, Lewis Sturgis and Clemon Sturgis Sr.; four sisters, Lottie Mae Fassett, Emma “Phoebe” Gunther, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Toppins and Madgelene “Madgie” Mills; and a grandson, Jeffrey Sturgis. She is survived by a son, Carol W. “Jimmy” Sturgis, and his wife, Vera, of Alexandria, Va.; a daughter, Gloria Jean Purnell, and her husband, Gary, of Berlin, Md.; nine grandchildren, Daphne, Theresa, Candace, Lacolo, Latahsa, Lachelle, Gary Purnell Jr., Jeffrey and Theresa; 16 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home, Selbyville, Del. A visitation will be held one hour before the service. Burial will be in Zoar Golden Acres in Bishopville, Md. Condolences may be sent online at www.bishophastingsfh.com.