Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson

Mention her name and the comment is almost always the same-- everyone knows Helen! Helen Templeman Wilson is a life-long Caneyville area resident. She retired from the Bank of Caneyville as Assistant Vice President on Dec. 31, 2016 after 53 years of service, having begun as a teller in 1963. Prior to joining the bank, she worked over six years with the Hirsch Bros. pickle station in Caneyville. She also owned and operated Fran’s Flowers in Caneyville for almost 20 years beginning in the spring of 1974. But her first job was in Leitchfield while she was still in high school, serving as a waitress at the long-since forgotten Robert E. Lee Restaurant. Located in an old colonial-style, two-story house, the restaurant was beside the bus station on North Main Street, directly across from what is now Watkins-Oller Funeral Home. Ironically, today one of her sons owns Tinker’s service station on the exact location where the restaurant once stood in the 50s. Helen graduated Caneyville High School in 1956, and married D.B. Wilson in July of that same year. Mr. Wilson passed away in 2014, and except for one year in Louisville, they spent their entire 58 years of married life in Caneyville, working and raising three children: Deneace, Jeff and Patrick. Retirement certainly hasn’t slowed Helen down. It goes without saying that she enjoys spending time with friends and her family, which includes three granddaughters and two great-grandchildren. She loves to garden, making her well-known around town for her home cooking, too! She is an active volunteer at both her church, Caneyville Cumberland Presbyterian, and Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center where she is a member of the Hospital Auxiliary. With such an active schedule, Caneyville Memorial Chapel is honored that Helen also chooses to share some of her time with us. At CMC, she continues to serve the community by helping families navigate the difficult time of losing a loved one. Owner Nathan Morris said, “Caneyville Memorial is grateful to have Helen as a part of our team. …......” With no intentions of slowing down, Helen said, “I enjoy people, it’s as simple as that. My whole career has been working directly with the public; I’m not going to let retirement stop me now.”