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Hellen Ruth Yohe Mahaffy (1931 - 2014)

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Helen Ruth Yohe Mahaffy

Funeral services for Mrs. Hellen Ruth Yohe Mahaffy will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at North Jackson Church of Christ with David Powell and Hal Ferguson officiating. Interment to follow in Highland Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Mahaffy passed from this life into Jesus' arms on June 1, 2014 in Jackson.

Hellen was born on October 30, 1931 to Roy Carter and Wanita Lewis Yohe in Oklahoma City. She was reared in Frederick, OK and Searcy, AR where she graduated from Harding College in 1953.

She furthered her education at Emory University in Atlanta and ultimately earned a Master's Degree from Memphis State.

Hellen married James A. Mahaffy, Jr. on May 30, 1955.

For nearly 60 years, Hellen was a teacher in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, and for the bulk of her career in Jackson. Countless students were challenged by Mrs. Mahaffy at Jackson High School and Jackson Central-Merry High School where she taught sociology, government, history, and English.

She served as a coach and sponsor for Youth in Government and Academic Decathalon for many years.

Hellen helped write the Tennessee curriculum in history, Pre-K, and elective Bible. She was an elementary Bible class teacher for over 20 years at Skyline & North Jackson Churches of Christ.

In fact, after retirement, she substitute taught at Jackson Christian School until April of this year. She was the ultimate educator!

Hellen was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Joe, Fred, and Billy.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years and two days, Jim; her daughters, Cassandra (Walt) Buce of Wylie, TX and Hannah Kay Engel of Fredericksburg, TX; four grandchildren, Stephanie Dodson (Ryan), James Buce (fiancé Morgan), Michaela Engel, and Grant Engel; two great granddaughters, Tinsley & Tatum Dodson to whom she was known as buddy; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.


Published in The Jackson Sun on June 4, 2014
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