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Dorothy L. Helmer


1925 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Dorothy Lee Helmer, nee Simpson, 88, Warrenton, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

Dorothy was born Sept. 17, 1925, to Robert Simpson and wife Martha, nee Huey, in Walnut Ridge, Ark.

She met her husband, Robert R. Helmer, and was married Sept. 24, 1949. Together they had two sons, Mark and Chris. The couple celebrated 48 wonderful years together before Robert's passing in July 1998.

Dorothy was a homemaker most of her adult life. She attended and was an active member of Calvary United Church of Christ, Overland. Dorothy recently joined Friedens UCC, Warrenton. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, dancing and oil painting.

Dorothy is survived by one son, Chris Helmer and his fiancee Pat Patton, Warrenton; two granddaughters, Diana (Jason) Richey and Amy (Brian) Ruddy, all of Jolliet, Ill.; five great-grandchildren, Paige and Parker Richey and Conner, Peyton and Katlin Ruddy; one daughter-in-law, Jenny Helmer, nee Delaloye, Jolliet, Ill.; one brother-in-law, Jack (Barbara) Helmer, St. Louis; many nieces and nephews; many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Helmer; one son, Mark Helmer; parents, Robert and Martha Simpson; and seven siblings, Grace Thornton, Elva Carr, Roland Simpson, Leonard Simpson, Gertha Mills, Sylvia Butler and Rufus Simpson.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at Friedens UCC, Warrenton. Memorial donations may be made to Friedens UCC or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in care of Martin Funeral Home, 510 E. Main, Warrenton, MO 63383.

The family of Dorothy Lee Helmer has entrusted Martin Funeral Home with her care, www.martinfuneral.net.
Published in The Missourian on Jan. 23, 2014
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