Helms, Marie B.
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Marie Bradley Helms died on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Bickford Assisted Living in Omaha, NE. Preceded in death by husband Kenneth; son Robert; and granddaughter Vanessa. Marie was born to Oliver E. Bradley and Mary V. Chrystal in the Town of Eileen (Ashland Junction), WI, on Bills of Rights Day, December 15, 1914. She attended Public Elementary School, Parochial High School, and Northland College ('32-'33). She married Kenneth Helms of Hayward, WI, in 1934. Lived in Sioux City and was active in Boy and Girl Scouting; president of North Junior High PTA; and held 4 offices at the Council and District level. In 1949, they were transferred to Omaha, where she was active in Monroe Jr. High PTA; Boy Scouting; Urban League's Council of Business Woman, President for 2 years; Planned Parenthood of Omaha; Charter member of Midland Memorial Society; and editor of its Newsletter through 1984. Attended the Unitarian Church in Sioux City until 1949, when they transferred to the First Unitarian Church of Omaha, where she held the offices of Treasurer Day Alliance '49-'50; Board of Trustees '50 - '52; Editor of The Unitarian News throughout the '50s; the Advance Committee '50s; Longtime Planning Committee '70s; Evening Alliance; President of the Thursday Book Club; its publicity chair and reservation chair for 20 years; Editor of 1969 Centennial Booklet; wrote history of First Unitarian for Prairie Star District book '86; instrumental in collecting material for First Church's Archives; collected clips for foyer bulletin board since 1955; and Unitarian of the Year 1982. Survived by son Donald K., Omaha; daughter, Judith (Ed) Butterfield, Aurora, CO; daughter-in-law, Linda (Glantz) Helms, Alexandria, VA; 10 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; cousins; nieces; nephews; and many dear friends.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE 9am Saturday, May 11, 2013, at First Unitarian Church, 3114 Harney St, Omaha, NE 68131. Brief reception to follow. Interment, Evergreen Cemetery at 11am.
Published in Omaha World-Herald from Apr. 21 to May 5, 2013