Monday, January 08, 2007

Update from Elijah

Sorry so late:

Hello dear friends of Helen and Paul,

This e-mail is to everyone in Helen's address book. I presume you all know
the sad, sad news about Helen Hill. I know how much you loved her. She was
a brilliant, incredibly sweet person whose life was a fantastic work of art.
The best place to get all your information on the funeral is the website
Cristin set up at

I know some of you are very, very close friends and I'm sorry we can't get
you all in touch with Paul. And with everything so crazy I may even forget
to pass on messages. So please send a card if you can't come to Columbia.
He's going to really need his friends and your thoughts over the next months
and years.

ADDRESS CHANGE! the Dunbar Funeral Home is on 3926 Devine St. Columbia, SC
29205 phone: 803-771-7990, not on the Gervais street address I wrote in an
earlier e-mail. The visitation will be 7-9 on Tuesday. Bring a photo or
picture or piece of art by or for Helen to put up on a board.

FILM SCREENING! There will be a screening of Helen's films at the
Nickelodeon Theater in columbia from 11 am to noon and then again from noon
to 1pm on Wednesday. I suggest you try to go to the first one and wait for
the second if it's too crowded.

Nickelodeon website:

937 Main St.


Check the website for the funeral information.

You can contribute to a zine for Helen. Here's the note from Lecie:

Dear friends and family of Helen,

Because of Helen's love for homemade zines, Trixy had the wonderful idea of
putting together a memorial zine where people can share stories of Helen and
images by/for/about Helen for Paul, Francis, and all of us to be able to
enjoy. Our guiding idea was of a testament for Francis to pick up in years
to come for glimpses of his superhuman mom, and we wanted to create a venue
for everyone to be able to share their stories.

I know it's been hard for many of us to find words about this unthinkable
loss, except for the onslaught of memories of Helen's life.

So my sister Katie and I will be assembling this IN THE NEXT TWO DAYS! I
was hoping to get this done before I leave for South Carolina, to be able to
distribute at Helen's funeral. I would also love to send copies to all of
you who send me your addresses. If anyone can't get this to me in such a
short time frame, I will definitely create an addendum!

Just send whatever fragments you have - text in an email, a scan of a
picture, whatever you want to send. WE ESPECIALLY NEED STORIES ABOUT HELEN.
These don't have to be complete works. Please send entries to me at Also, please forward this on to anyone you know
who isn't on my addressee list.

The deadline for inclusion for Helen's funeral edition will be Monday,
January 8, early evening.

Love to all,
Lecie Williams

Also Cory, Paul's brother-in-law, is making a slide show for Francis of his
family You can send him photos of Helen or anything to...

If you are a musician or performer who would like to perform one of Paul's
songs to her or one of the songs Helen wrote at the funeral, call me as soon
as possible.

Will and Janet will help people find a place to stay. Their number is (803)
779-9903. We should be able to get everyone at least a floor to crash on.

Condolence notes, letters and flowers are appreciated. I think the best
thing to write is happy memories of Helen. We want to remember everything
we can about her. And we want to have material for Francis Pop to look at
someday. She was such a complex, fascinating person.

Send them to:

Becky Lewis (Helen's mom)
1432 Medway Road
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 343-2437

This is the link for donating to Doctors without Borders in the memory of
Hill. People need to put her name in the appropriate boxes and the family
will see the gifts.

You can also call 888-392-0392.

There will probably be other charities and such set up in Helen's memory
over the next few weeks. If you have thoughts or want to help with this,
feel free to contact me or Helen's sister-in-law, Brett at

Feel free to e-mail or call my cell phone at (323) 708-3726. Try calling me
again if I don't get back to you on something.

Please pass this e-mail along. I'm having trouble including all the e-mail
addresses I've been getting.

So much love,


Magical Tree Sculpture for Helen

Here is a coloring page that I created for my art students. In the middle of it is a magical tree with wysteria-like flower clusters that blooms at night in the middle of a swamp. I think that Helen would like a magical tree scultpure.

Double-click on the picture and you will see it enlarged.

This should help those welder/sculpture artists who have contacted me. As soon as I have an idea of how many people baseline will hang objects, we will have a better idea of the size needed.

Feel free to print out and color...


I need volunteers in different cities to gather ornaments to send in one bulk mailing. The address to which these ornaments are to be mailed is still being figured out (my house is right on the street and packages, er, have a habit of walking away).

Please email me with any questions:

Been in Transit

I was traveling all day yesterday to get back to town, so I could not respond to any of the lovely people offering to weld and contribute to the sculpture memorial...

I will be responding to all emails today and posting more specific info re: film screenings in Columbia nad the location of the funeral, the sculpture, etc.