Margaret E. HELMICK
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.
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Dear Pat,
We just want to express our deepest sympathy in the home going of your mother. We had no way of knowing this for the longest time-- Our electric, phones, computer and tv were out due to limbs falling on lines during recent 30" snow fall. We didn't know your mother but know she was loved dearly.
We were planning to attend the reunion but due to problems from the big snow we are not positive that will happen. If we are not there, have good time for us.
Love, Bill and Nira
William and Nira Holt
February 22, 2010
Dear Pat and Roger,
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the photo gallery of your Mom. What a lovely lady! She seemed happiest when she was holding a baby! And there were lots of babies! I recognized Barbara and Norma in a lot of the photos also.
I felt like I was going down memory lane. Tammy did a beautiful job. My heart goes out to all of you on your loss, but I know your memories will get you through this. Thanks for sharing it with me.
Love, Norma
Norma Wilson Mitchell
February 20, 2010
My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Barbara Kemp Bostwick
Barbara Kemp Bostwick
February 19, 2010
Patricia and Roger,

I'm very sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. My regards to you and
your family. She now is Home with her, your and my Lord.

Art Mashburn
Art Mashburn
February 19, 2010
I was sorry to hear about Pat's mother's passing.

Calvin Turner
February 18, 2010
Dear Patricia and Roger,

I was so sorry to hear about Patricia's Mother's illness and death. She was so fortunate to live for 91 years independently, and for that we all give thanks. It would have been hard for someone like her to give up her independence. My mother said that was the worst thing about going to a nursing home.

Our thoughts and prayers have been with you during this time and I continually pray for you daily.

Some months ago, we moved our computer to a bedroom at the end of the house. This particular bedroom gets little heat. It has not been very tempting to want to bundle up and go online. This has been a very cold winter for Cairo, Ga. I don't think that spring will ever come.

I guess you knew that Carolyn T. had heart problems and had stincts put in. Now a good friend of hers is in the Thomasville hospital in very serious condition. Put Jane Wilkerson on your prayer list. This is a very special lady who goes on several foreign missions each year.

Patricia,having lost both my parents and my brother, I know that what you are going through is not easy. Know that in your sorrow that God remains with you, and that many are praying for you and your family.

Love to you both,

Charles and Pat Manny
Pat and Charles Manny
February 18, 2010
Margaret Ellis grew up eighth of the twelve Ellis children. Her humble childhood where material things were few but love and family was always beautiful and was where she gained the love of having her family near that remained with her always. It is this that is her greatest legacy.
A week at Granny and Grandaddy Helmick's in the summertime was like summer camp with endless adventures to be had. Sunday dinner was special when she had her family by her side, but holidays were always her favorite times when house was full of good smells and lots of laughter. During the Easter egg hunts and the Christmas gift exchanges she was always happy watching all of her children and grandchildren enjoy the family time.
Granny was an avid quilter. She took great pleasure in presenting each of us with these unique keepsakes to mark the special milestones in our lives. One when each of the grandchildren married. then one presented to the parents for each baby, then another as the great-grandchild grew older. Every time we wrap ourselves in one of the quilts on a cold winter night we think of her and feel her keeping us warm.
Granny was a gifted cook. Who other than Granny could make a gourmet meal out of fried bologna and cottage cheese? And to this day it is still the best of comfort foods. We have all grown up to make the foods that she cooked fosr us each Sunday; the chicken and dumplings, the strawberry shortcake and the fried chicken with bisquits and gravy. These are the things we will pass onto our children and grandchildren, and tell them that it all started with Granny.
Some of us inherited her love of gardening, others her love of reading but we all share her love of family and the joy that it brings us. The best part of her lives on in all of us, in our love of the simple things in life and our appreciation of family.

Stephanie for the grandchildren.
Stephanie Sarris
February 18, 2010
Pat -

So very sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I had the pleasure of
visiting with her a couple of years ago at your home (family reunion).

Love you folks,

Stephen Selfe
February 17, 2010
I'm so sorry . Your Mother was a wonderful lady that I would have enjoyed knowing. This is not normally my way of expressing my feelings. Email seems so impersonal. Thank you for your friendship and know that my prayers are with you both.

Lequita Legette
February 17, 2010
I'm so sorry. I'm sure you know she is in a better place and very happy. It
is those of us who are left behind that we feel for. Please know you are all
in my prayers.
Kindest Regards,
February 17, 2010
Roger and Patricia:
Skeet and I send our love, thoughts, and prayers to
both of you during this difficult time for you. I know you must have some
wonderful memories of your mother and you can keep those forever. My God
bless you and he will be there for you.

Skeet and Faye Miller
Skeet and Faye Miller
February 17, 2010
You and your family are on my heart and in my prayers at this difficult time.
Agnes Cassels Hillis
February 17, 2010
Dear Patricia,
I am so sorry to hear your Mother has passed. Please know that my
thoughts and prayers are with you and Roger at this time. I know what you are
going through at this time, having lost my own Mother just a year and a half
ago. My Daddy is doing well and is such a blessing to me and my family.
Fondly, Betty
Betty Muggridge Hutcheson
Betty Hutcheson
February 17, 2010
Dear Pat and Roger,
We were saddened to learn of Mrs. Helmick's passing. You have been so blessed by having her near you and for her long life. My (Billie) mother died at age 62 and Jim's mother was quite young as well. Like you, I had my mother living nearby the first four years we were back in WV. I still believe it was God's plan for us to return as we had that time with her and our children got to know her so well and have such pleasant memories of her. We will be thinking of you and praying for you, especially on Tuesday. She had quite a life to celebrate. By the way, the green and yellow afghan Mrs. Glover crocheted for Julie is now being used by our great grandson in North Carolina. He is the seventh baby to be wrapped in her love.
She gave me my first crochet lesson and inspired me to learn. I've enjoyed that craft eversince. She too was a wonderful lady we won't forget. -- With deepest sympathy,
Billie and Jim
Jim and Billie Hill
February 17, 2010
"Lo! some we loved, the lovelist and best
That Time, and Fate of all their Vintage prest,
Have drunk their Cup a Round or two before,
And one by one crept silently to rest."
.. Omar Kayyam

Rest In Peace, Margaret Ellis Helmick, born June 13, 1918, died Feb 11, 2010.
Seamstress, Chef, Gardener, Wife, Mother, Grandmother.

I will never eat another Thanksgiving dinner, till another garden, look at
Reader's Digest, Walk into another Sears without a thought--and perhaps a
tear--for you. Good Bye Granny. You are sorely missed.

Your Oldest Grandchild.
Roger Glover Jr.
February 17, 2010
I am sure this has been mentioned many times before, but one of my most constant memories of Granny was how hard she worked. When I was just crawling out of bed and didn’t yet have the sleep out of my eyes, I would look across the mist on the field between our houses, and she would be in her garden, preparing, tending or harvesting. Even when she wasn’t caring for something she had growing outside, she was working hard making something with her hands.
Granny was incredibly creative and this creativity flowed out of her in works of quilting art. When I would walk down to her house to visit, sometimes she would take me back to one of the guest rooms where we had stayed as children and the beds would be strewn with quilt pieces and scraps that she was arranging and placing together to make beautiful works of art. Then she would take me over into her and Granddaddy’s old bedroom, which had become a display room where she kept dozens of finished quilts that brought color and joy into her life.
When we would visit in her den, there in her chair, Granny would always have her latest creation in her lap. It always seemed like she was working on at least two projects at one time, and she would tell the story about how she had come up with this latest design and would describe the family member she was piecing together and stitching and quilting it for.
And that is really my greatest impression of Granny – how much she loved her family. We would sit in her den, surrounded by pictures of her grandkids on the walls and on every table, while she told me news of each one of her siblings, of my cousins, and their families. She would laugh about what this family member had done or would beam proudly about someone’s latest accomplishment - all right there a few feet from where she had blessed us all so many times through one of her delicious home cooked Sunday meals.
Granny’s hard work, the beauty of creativity and the love for her family that flowed out of her will be the memories I cling to and remind my children of as they nestle in their beds under quilts that she designed for them with love.
Our Love to the Family,
Scott, Sally, Caroline, Emma
Michael Glover
February 15, 2010
Norma and family, I was very sorry to read of your mother's passing. Since I have also lost my mother, I know the feelings you are having. Know that I will keep you in my prayers.
Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally
February 15, 2010
Grandma Helmick I will always hold you close to my heart although I never got to know you aswell as I wanted to,I will miss you!Aunt Norma, Patricia, Grandma Barbara and Steve my heart goes out to all of you~
Candace Harshfield
February 15, 2010
Memories of Aunt Margaret include the love between her and my mother, Donnie (her sister). They talked on the phone almost every day. I loved to visit Aunt Margaret and hear stories of her childhood growing up at Bacon's Castle. My husband, Junior, my son, Marshall and I send our deepest sympathy to the family.
(Niece) Dianna McGuriman Keen
February 14, 2010
Aunt Margaret was one of my mother, Donnie's beloved sisters. We shared a middle name and I also gave my youngest daughter the same middle name, Aleen. When she was a baby, Aunt Margaret always had to hold "her" baby since she was named after her.
My aunts and uncles were always a delight and much loved. Unfortunately, we only have one of the "sisters" left. I'm sure all those brothers and sisters are having a wonderful family reunion in heaven.
June Knapp
June Knapp
February 14, 2010
Norma and family, We will keep all of you in our prayers. My life was enriched by meeting your gracious mother. May God give you peace and comfort. Ann and Harry Monk
Ann Monk
February 14, 2010
So sorry to read of Margaret's death. The last of a large family - all together again. Our prayers are with you. Frank and Pat Hall
Frank and Pat Hall
February 14, 2010
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