Helen Lake

Helen Dickerson Lake

Monday, December 29th, 1924 - Friday, September 18th, 2020
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Helen Dickerson Lake, of Salem, Va., went to Heaven at 8 a.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020.

She was born in Saltville, Va., and lived almost 96 years. She loved life, and everyone loved her. She was famous for making the rolls at Tarpley’s.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Clarence Lake; and her sons, David (Judy) and Ken (Peggy).

Her surviving family includes her children, Brenda (Bob), Jim (Carolyn), Lynn (Etta), and Jerry (Debbie); and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. She will be missed by many.

A celebration of Helen’s life will take place on Monday, September 21, 2020, with a period of visitation beginning at 1 p.m. and service at 2 p.m. in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel in Salem. Interment will immediately follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. Brandon Ayers will officiate.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Monday, September 21st, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, September 21st, 2020 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Brandon Ayers
  • Interment

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 |
    Monday, September 21st, 2020
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Interment will immediately follow the chapel service.


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Rachel Lawhorn

Posted at 12:39pm
Brenda & family u r in my thoughts & prayers as u begin your new journey without Helen. She was the sweetest ladies & best of neighbors on Clarence ln. Also she made the best rolls & lived sharing them.

Carolyn May Webster

Posted at 10:00pm
I am so sorry to read about your Mom. As a child what I remember most was her always smiling and being so positive. When I saw her again a couple of years ago, I found that same smile and attitude. I pray you are can remember all the love she shared and all the memories you all built as a family.

Carolyn May Webster from Richland Hills.

Patricia Slough

Posted at 08:36pm
Brenda, I want to extend my sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Helen was a very gracious lady. I remember when you and she used to come in Dominion Dodge. We reminisced about her days at Tarpleys and those wonderful rolls. My mother and I used to eat there quite frequently and never missed a chance to chat with Helen. May the Lord grant you peace as only He can.

Wanda Journell

Posted at 06:35pm
Brenda so sorry to hear of your Mom passing. She was always a kind person and friendly. My Mom thought so much of her when they worked at Tarpley's . Just remember your good times you all had together and know she is in heaven and walking on the streets of gold and rejoicing with her husband and her departed family members. Love to you - Dennis and Wanda Journell.

Suzanne Brown

Posted at 02:53pm
To Jerry and your family. I am sorry for your loss. I remember your Mom was a kind, easy going woman. I pray God will give you peace. Love Suzanne and the Brown Family

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