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Iva Marie Townson Byrd Helm


1925 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Iva Marie Townson Byrd Helm 1925 - 2013 Iva was born at home in Morris, OK to William and Edna Townson on September 5, 1925 and passed away August 16, 2013. She came to California during the great "Dust Bowl" migration and has been an active historian in Lamont's annual Dust Bowl Celebration. Shewas a dedicated Christian who loved the Lord. She witnessed and prayed with many people in distress. She loved to paint, decorate, and entertain. Treasure hunting at yard sales and antique stores was a favorite pastime. She doesn't have to treasure hunt anymore, now she walks the streets of gold. She lived a full life until the Lord took her home. Iva was reunited in Heaven with her parents, William and Edna Townson; Floyd Raymond Helm, her husband of 62 years; first husband, Marion Franklin (Curley) Byrd; son, Daniel Ray Helm and brothers, William and Joseph; sister-in-law, Mary; sister, Rachel Ritchie andher husband Gene. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Donna Byrd Coughran and Larry of Columbia, CA, Deborah Helm Fearrand Chase and Larry of Stockton, CA; sisters, Virginia Clark andhusband Manny, Hazel Miller; brothers, Dorse Townson and wife Carolyn, George Townson and wife Diane;  grandchildren, Jennifer Coughran Rapoza and husband Bryan, Ginger Coughran Pauley, Trever Fearrand and wife Sarah, Terra Fearrand DeGuire and husband Corey, Kimberly Debuhr, Jeremy Helm and wife Rosie, James Helm and Jeffery Helm. She also leaves behind 11 great grandchildren, as well as many loving friends and extended family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Visitation for Iva will be held at Basham Funeral Care (3312 Niles Street) on Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the Basham Funeral Care Chapel on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. For additional information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200. Basham Funeral Care www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 20, 2013
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