Patricia Elaine (Pat) Helsel

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OKEECHOBEE - Patricia (Pat) Elaine Helsel went to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. She was born Oct. 24, 1941 in Miami to Howard and Dora (Sears) Pinder.
She was a beloved mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Pat was caring and compassionate and didn't meet a stranger.
Her Christian faith was very important to her. She was baptized at Believers Fellowship and also attended Dunklin Memorial Church in Okeechobee. Pat worked as a hairdresser and owned a hair salon in Okeechobee for several years. She was a gifted singer who loved music. Pat was passionate about animals and animal rights. She enjoyed sharing life lessons, holiday reunions, Christmas cookies with a good cup of coffee, a good laugh, and time with her family.
She is survived by her sister, Angie Cox; daughter, Ashley Helsel; son, Rob Helsel and his wife, Christy; grandchildren, Jenna, Josie, and Justin; five great-grandchildren; and her canine companion, Tommy Lee.
There will be a Celebration of Life ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery, 1116 NE 39th BLVD, Okeechobee, FL 34972 (near 12th Lane sign) on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at 3 p.m. Please bring a memory about Pat to share.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be mailed to, Trail of Hope Animal Rescue, Inc., PO Box 364, Okeechobee, FL 34973-0364.
Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at,
All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972.

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Buxton and Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home & Crematory - Okeechobee
400 North Parrott Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-1994
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Published in NewsZapFL on Sept. 30, 2018
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