Helen Jean (Gorrell) Blessing, 88, of Markle passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 at River Terrace Estates in Bluffton. 

Jean was born in Fort Wayne to Granville and Martha Gorrell. Jean graduated with honors from South Side High School in 1949.

She married Beverly Gene Blessing of Markle on March 25, 1951 at the First Methodist Church in Fort Wayne.

Jean received a dual major bachelor’s degree in 1953 (English and Home Economics) from Ball State University and a master’s degree in 1968.

Jean worked as an English and home economics teacher in the Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District and later became a counselor and an assistant principal. She influenced multiple generations of school students and changed many of their lives for the better.

As a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bluffton, she served as a deacon, an elder, and a trustee as well as Clerk of Session.

She also served in many capacities in the Bluffton community and was honored with the “Woman of the Year” award in 1986.

Jean was a voracious reader, loved to knit, sew, cook, and bake bread. After retirement, she and Bev traveled throughout Europe and attended classical concerts in the U.S. They enjoyed summering at their home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

She is survived by her husband, Beverly G. Blessing, and son, Eric (Pam) Blessing of Markle, as well as her daughter, Becky (Perry) White of Brimfield, Illi., and grandchildren, Jeremiah White of Peoria, Illi., and Caroline Blessing and Sara Blessing, both of New York City.  Jean was preceded in death by her parents and younger sister, Anna (Gorrell) Powless of Anderson.

Calling hours will be 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 at Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bluffton on Dustman Road with Rev. Lyle Ewing officiating.

Memorials can be made to Family Centered Services of Bluffton or the Wells Community Boys and Girls Club.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton.  Friends can share online condolences with the family at www.thomarich.com