Virginia Grace Hubbard Helling
August 12, 1920 - June 27, 2013
Our darling mom, a farm girl from Mitchell, South Dakota, went to be with her Savior on June 27, 2013. Virginia Helling was born to John "Jack" Hubbard and Rosa Hagler Hubbard on August 12, 1920. She was the second of five children: Kingston, Maxine, Jack Jr., and Willard. She attended a one-room schoolhouse near Mitchell and graduated from Eastern High School in 1937.
At a young age, Mom received a call from God to go to Japan. While attending high school, she met Hubert Helling, who was following his own plan to be a minister. After graduation, they planned to attend Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho. While they worked and saved their money, they kept in mind the promise of Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths." They were married on September 11, 1941, and both earned their bachelor degrees from NNC in 1944.
While still in college, Dad and a couple of friends started what would become Fairview Church of the Nazarene in Nampa. Upon graduation, Mom and Dad pastored in Elgin, Oregon, and then Gooding, Idaho. During those years, three children joined their family: Douglas, Denise, and Gerald. The Church of the Nazarene accepted their application to be missionaries, in 1952 Virginia, Hubert, and their children sailed from San Francisco to Yokohama, Japan. Their youngest child, Christine, was born in Yokohama.
Virginia and Hubert served in a variety ministerial capacities in several areas in Japan, including Tokyo, Nagoya, and Sapporo. Her ministerial service included teaching English classes at universities, Bible studies, and Western style cooking classes in their home. Every fifth year they furloughed in Nampa.
After 28 years in Japan, they relocated to Seattle where they worked with Southeast Asian refugees for 20 years, teaching English classes, helping them make living arrangements, and find jobs. During their retirement years, they traveled in Europe, spending six months in Switzerland. They also traveled to England, Ireland , Germany, Austria, and Italy. In 2001, Virginia and Hubert moved to Boise. In September 2010, they celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary along with their 90th birthdays. Hubert passed away a few days later.
Virginia is survived by her sister, Maxine Huling of Nampa; her children: Denise of Seattle, Doug and Gerry (Barb) both of Boise, Christy (Ronn) Johnson of San Diego; her six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Renee' Warner, Richard Kelley, Ian Helling, John Helling, Rachell (Craig) Buell, Ross Johnson, Meagan Warner, and Eric Warner; and by multiple nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Meadow Lake Village in Boise for their care and love that they gave both Mom and Dad these past five years.
Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday, July 3, from 5-7 p.m. at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel at 404 10th Avenue South, Nampa. The memorial service will be Friday, July 5, at 10 a.m. at Nampa First Church of the Nazarene, 601 16th Avenue South. To share a memory of Virginia or to offer condolences to Virginia's family please visit www.alsipfuneralchapel.com