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Helen Louise Rightor
Born August 22, 1928, in Portage, she was a daughter of the late Paul George and Rebecca Mae Jones Sheriff.
Helen graduated valedictorian from Portage High School in 1946 and received a nursing degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 1950. She later met John T. Rightor while he was a medical student there. They married on June 15, 1957, in Portage and enjoyed more than 51 years of marriage before his death in 2008. They lived in Pittsburgh before relocating to Oil City in the early 1960s when John opened his General Practitioner medical office.
Known to family as Mawsie, Mausie, or Mossy, Helen was a nurse, homemaker, and devoted mother and wife. She worked at hospitals in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Oahu (Hawaii), and in Oil City at Grandview Nursing Home. Quick with a laugh and encouraging words, her hobbies included gardening, snow skiing, church choir, volunteer school fundraising, and Christmas. She delighted in the traditions of magnificent decorations, carols, hand-painted ornaments, and above all, sharing holiday joy with family and friends.
Mrs. Rightor was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Oil City.
Surviving are five children, Becky Auerbach of Upland, CA, Kathy Rightor of Kennewick, WA, John Rightor of Sultan, WA, Dave Rightor of Oil City, and Dorothy DeSanto of Lansdale; and four grandchildren, Lauren Buenrostro of Upland, CA, Erin Auerbach of Laramie, WY, and TJ and Ryan DeSanto of Lansdale.
Also surviving are her two older sisters, Elizabeth Kovach, and Kathryn Hesaltine, both of VA.
Helen’s children are grateful for the gracious and compassionate care provided by the team at the SouthWoods community.
Family and friends will be received Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Morrison Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 am, Friday, at Christ Episcopal Church, 16 Central Ave., Oil City. Interment will be in Grove Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Oil City Library, 2 Central Ave., Oil City, PA 16301.
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