Helen Joan Wills, 81, Jolietville, passed away Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, 2019 at Kokomo Healthcare Center.

Born June 8, 1938 in Jolietville, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Alva and Louella (Pitzer) Tudor.

Ms. Wills worked several part-time jobs throughout the years, including working in the credit department for Paul Harris, a retail clerk with Wm H. Block Department Store and various positions at Woods Wire and Leatherite.

She married her loving husband, Don Earl Wills on April 21, 1972. Mr. Wills passed away on July 28, 2004.

She lived life to its fullest. As a young adult, she enjoyed roller skating and never missed an opportunity to go dancing over at the Moose Lodge. However, her fondness for these activities paled in comparison to her love of racing – drag racing in particular. Ms. Wills wasn't just a fan, she was an active participant. All challengers were welcome; if someone thought they could beat her off the line, bring it on. She loved racing for the trophies, titles and hardware, but everyone knew it was really all about the bragging rights. In her later years she traded in the drag strip for the Bingo hall. Still as competitive as ever, she enjoyed the prizes that came with the games, but is was still about the bragging rights. When she had some time to relax, she loved watching classic movies and TV shows, especially those featuring her favorite Hollywood star, Doris Day.

Survivors include her son, Rick Lee (Laurie) Bannon of Kirklin; daughter, Corliss Jean Henson (friend, Michael McCollum) of Anderson; and her three grandchildren, Chad Wesley Clark, Kylee Nicole Bannon, and Gunnar Joseph Bannon.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Annabelle Harrison; and her brother-in-law, Jack Harrison, Sr.

Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at Eagle Creek Cemetery, located in rural Westfield, Ind. Pastor George Cooper will be officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan.