Mrs. Hazel Mae Pierce Helms Maringer of Westville, (New Hope Community) passed away peacefully at the home of her son, Larry Helms, Sunday, June 9, 2013. She was 84. Hazel was born on Oct. 27, 1928 in Holmes County, to the late Webster Lee and Jewel Harris Pierce. A devout Christian, she was a faithful member of the New Hope Baptist Church where she sang in the church choir. She was the church librarian for her church when she lived in Central Florida. After moving back home to the New Hope area she organized and established the library at New Hope Baptist Church. Hazel was the chairperson of the "Holmes County Heritage Book" produced by the Holmes County Historical Society. She was instrumental in locating the house that was donated to the Historical Society where the Holmes County Historical Museum is located in Bonifay. She loved genealogy and was also very instrumental in obtaining and erecting the "Laura Ingalls Wilder Historical Marker" (author of the Little House on the Prairie series) located on Hwy 163 North of Hwy 2.
In addition to her parents, one brother, Herbert Pierce and a brother-in-law, Foy Deal, preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sons, Stan Helms (Pat), Palm Beach Gardens, and Larry Helms (Susan), New Hope Community; one sister, Nell Deal, New Hope Community; father of her children, Durant Helms; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews and other extended family and friends.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, in the New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Clay Hatcher officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory of Geneva directing. The family received friends at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until service time.