Helen Pauline (Hinch) Donan, 99, died on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Predeceasing her were her parents, Virgil Hulen and Bettie Jane Davis Hinch; her brother, James Morris Hinch; her sisters, Ethel Bernice Hinch Grant and Marjorie Elizabeth Hinch Warmbrod; nephews Kenneth Milton Grant and Gary Davis Warmbrod; and her beloved husband of 52 years, William Page Donan.
Her survivors include her son, Thomas (Janice) Donan of Bardstown; her granddaughters, Julie (Paul) Black of Lebanon, Ohio, and Lisa (Todd) Whitney of Louisville; and a great-grandson, Cole Alexander Whitney, along with many cherished relations, including her nieces, Karen Grant Bain and Betty Gayle Warmbrod.
Helen was born in Burke, Tennessee but raised in Cowan, Tennessee. After high school, she taught at a one-room school in Anderson, Tennessee. She attended Cumberland College in Lebanon, Tennessee, where she met her future husband. She married Bill on Oct. 19, 1940, in Cowan. Shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Greenville.
After Bill returned from WWII, they began their family with the birth of their son, Thomas Arthur. Helen and Bill were dedicated members of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenville; Helen served as historian for the church for over 50 years. She enjoyed participating in Greenville's civic activities, especially the Women's Club. She served as a Cub Scout Den Mother and transported her son and many other players to their youth baseball games. She enjoyed reading, corresponding, playing golf and bridge, arranging flowers, and attending plays. She took art lessons and painted. Helen passionately loved history and genealogy, serving as a repository for knowledge of generations of families. She enjoyed traveling to different locations to research genealogy, whether it was for kin or not. She was a lifetime member of the DAR, Filson Club, Kentucky Historical Society, and a dedicated supporter of KET. She enjoyed touring with her husband, visiting every continent except South America and Antarctica. She reluctantly left Greenville in 2008 to live at The Forum at Brookside, where she made friends and played a few hands of bridge.
The family wishes to extend their extreme gratitude to the staff of The Forum and the staff of Helping Hands.
A graveside service will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville on June 29.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, 158 S. Main St., Greenville, KY 42345; or the Harbin Memorial Public Library, 117 S. Main St., Greenville, KY 42345.