Vera Helms

Vera Sutton Helms

KANNAPOLIS - Vera Grace Sutton Helms, age 94, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at her home after one year of declining health.

She was born Sept. 9, 1918, in Chesterfield County, S.C., the daughter of the late William Sutton and Lillie Jordan Sutton. She was the last survivor of 11 children.

Vera was employed with the former Cannon Mills Company, Plant 1, Sewing Room for 36 years until her retirement in 1983.

She was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, where she had taught children's and adult Sunday School classes for years, sang in the choir, was active in the Joyful Morning Circle, served on the church council, and was active in various other phases of church activities.

She is fondly remembered for her love of cooking and gardening.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul Gibson; her second husband, Robert Helms; a daughter, Lillie Foil; a son, Larry Gibson; two stepsons; and two granddaughters.

Survivors include her son, Mitchell Gibson and wife Linda of Kannapolis; her daughter, Sherry Schoolfield and husband Victor of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; her stepdaughter, Judy Riley and husband, Fred of Mount Pleasant; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Service and Visitation: The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at New Hope Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, officiated by Rev. Kim E. Trabold. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park, Kannapolis. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Whitley's Funeral Home prior to the service.

Memorials: May be made to New Hope Lutheran Church, 1615 Brantley Road, Kannapolis, NC 28083; or Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081

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Published in Salisbury Post on Oct. 27, 2012