CARROLLTON - Margaret Ellis Helmick, 91, passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, after a brief illness.
Born in Isle of Wight County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Ellis and Rose Mae Warren Ellis. The daughter of a share-cropper family, in her early years, Margaret lived and worked on farms in Surry County. She lived in Newport News for a number of years, coming back to Isle of Wight in the 1960s. She continued to garden until she was 89.
Margaret was the devoted wife of the late Presley Calvin Helmick.
She was the beloved mother of Barbara Morris, Patricia Glover and her husband, Roger, and Norma Burks; grandmother of Roger H. Glover Jr., Michael Scott Glover, John C. Glover, R. Sebastian Morris, Stephen W. Morris, LeAnn Morris-Lee, Stephanie Carol Sarris, and Margaret Ann Frazier; great-grandmother of Candice Harshfield, Trey, P.J., Hailey, Morgan, Kendall, Caroline and Emma Glover, and Zachary Sarris. Her sister, Martha Murphy; sisters-in-law, Betty Ellis, Doris Ellis and Anne Martin; and numerous nieces and nephews survive her.
In addition to her parents and husband, four sisters, Mattie Goodrich, Lucille LeBas, Donnie McGuireman, and Sarah Powell; and six brothers, Andrew, Charlie, Bob, Thomas, Bennie, and Stanley Ellis preceded her in death.
Margaret enjoyed working with her hands, staying busy and gardening, selling strawberries and fresh vegetables from her home for years. She was a gifted quilter, enjoyed crocheting, and embroidery, and was an avid reader. She will be remembered for love of family, and home, and for those Sunday meals she often prepared and shared.
A service celebrating Margaret's life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Colonial Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Ellis officiating. Burial will follow in St. Luke's Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 77, Carrollton, VA 23314; or to the Carrollton Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 32, Carrollton, VA 23314.
Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
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Published by Daily Press from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, 2010.