Marilyn J. Helmick

Marilyn Jeanne Helmick

79, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2013. She was born to Thomas and Huldah Helmick in Mishawaka, Indiana on June 8, 1933. She graduated high school in Royal Center, Indiana in 1951 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in French and Art in 1955 and a Master's Degree in Education in 1965, both from Indiana University.

She lived in New Ross, IN from 1955 until she moved to Crawfordsville in 1981. Like her mother, she was a long time teacher. From 1960-1995, she was a dedicated first grade teacher at Walnut Elementary School, with South Montgomery Community Schools. She always enjoyed teaching first grade, feeling the most important goal for her students was to give them a solid foundation in reading and learning that would well prepare them for life; hundreds of Walnut Elementary alumni still benefit from that commitment.

Marilyn loved to read mysteries and to travel. In 1968, she traveled with her mother around the world through Europe, Egypt, the Middle East, India and Japan; and continued to travel with family. She took each of her three nephews on international trips for their high school graduation, giving them an invaluable appreciation of the wider world. Ultimately, she visited five continents, and when no longer able to travel, she continued to read and study about the cultures and customs of the world.

Marilyn was a member of Business and Professional Women, Travel Study , The First United Methodist Church and volunteered regularly at the Thrift Shop.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Martha and David Tharp of Indianapolis and by her three nephews and their families, Rhett and Cheryl Tharp of Bloomington, and their children, David, Allan and Jason; Gregg and Becky Tharp of Carmel, IN and their children Brittany and Christopher; and Brent and Kelly Tharp of Statesboro, GA and their daughter, Emma. She will be greatly missed by each who cherish her memory and influence.

A memorial service at the Crawfordsville First United Methodist Church will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 4:30 p.m., with a reception to follow.

To honor the memory of Miss Helmick, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Walnut Elementary School to purchase books for their newly developed Guided Reader Library. She would be pleased to know her teaching legacy will continue through books for the students at Walnut. Donations may be sent to: Walnut Elementary School, 3548 S. 775 E, New Ross, IN 47968. Arrangements by Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center .

Funeral Home

Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center
7602 Madison Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46227
(317) 885-7585

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 4, 2013