Obituary: Helen Anne Drennan, 95, of Hannibal

Helen Drennan
Posted: Jan. 28, 2019 4:12 pm

Helen Anne Drennan, 95, of Hannibal, passed away at 7:58 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at Beth Haven Nursing Home.

Funeral services celebrating Helen’s life will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel. Brother Justin Mosher will officiate.

Private family burial will be at the Grand View Burial Park.

Visitation will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.

Helen was born on Aug. 20, 1923, in Hannibal, the daughter of Henry Amos and Milicent (Davis) Silver.

She was united in marriage to W. Clark (Bill) Drennan on Nov. 3, 1942, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death on Sept. 6, 1996.

Survivors include her sons, Robert Drennan and wife, Tess, of Hannibal, Gary Drennan and wife, Susan, of Galena, Kan., and Dean Drennan and wife, Jean, of Kansas City; brother, Marvin Silver of Frankford; grandchildren, J.R. Drennan (Mary), Melissa Whitley (Tim), Stephanie Selsor (Charles), Joshua Drennan (Kelly), James Drennan, Cara Fisher, Lindsay Edmondson and Kaitlin Drennan; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Drennan was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard Silver, Frank Silver and Harold Silver.

Helen graduated from Hannibal High School. Professionally, Helen worked for Western Printing in Hannibal and later as a telephone operator for Burlington Northern Railroad.

Mrs. Drennan was very active throughout Hannibal and was a member of various clubs and organizations such as the Red Hat Society and volunteering at the Hannibal Visitors Center to name a few.

Helen loved her family and cherished the time spent with them on vacations especially to Hawaii, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. She had a sense of humor that would brighten everyone’s day. Helen was also known to her grandchildren for baking the best apple pie, mac 'n cheese and chocolate chip cookies.

Mrs. Drennan was a lifelong member of Fifth Street Baptist Church in Hannibal, where she faithfully served in various capacities for many years. In her younger years, she enjoyed teaching Sunday School for several years.

Pallbearers will be Helen’s grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be Helen’s great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fifth Street Baptist Church, in care of the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Helen’s memorial page at






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