Helen McKell Sproat passed away August 10, 2018 at the age of 85. She grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio and married Ben Sproat in 1955, who preceded her in death. They raised four children: Anne, Sam (JoAnn), Tom, and Scott (Jackie). She was blessed with four granddaughters: Hannah Sproat, Rose Sproat, Wrenata Sproat, and Caroline Sproat.
Helen always enjoyed horses and horse showing. She was a member of the Miami Valley Hunt Club and was a registered judge with the American Horse Shows Association (now US Equestrian) and the United States Eventing Association. She thoroughly enjoyed her 40 years directing the mounted stewards of the Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* at the Kentucky Horse Park.
For 40 years, she operated Hidden Hill Gallery in Springboro. She enjoyed working with the Springboro Area Historical Society, especially leading guests on historical tours. She was a founding member of the Springboro Merchants Association, the Springboro Christmas Festival, and the Family Tree Dulcimer Band.
She served as a member of the Horizon Telcom Board of Directors.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m. with a celebration of life from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, located at 1357 E. Second Street, Franklin, Ohio.
Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Butler and Warren Counties and the Springboro Area Historical Society.
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