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Kathleen "Kay" Helms

Kathleen “Kay” Helms, 97, of Richmond, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 2, at Arbor Trace.
   She was born on December 15, 1917 in Marshall County, Alabama to C.G. and Lova Jones Wigley. She attended a business college in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and later worked for Pepsi Cola. She was a telephone operator for Southern Bell and later for the telephone company in Richmond. She met Hascall Helms thru the USO during World War Two. They married in 1943 and shared 47 years of marriage before his death in April 1990. Mrs. Helms was a member of the Faith Baptist Church and had been active in the Women’s Missionary Union.
   Mrs. Helms is survived by her three grandchildren, Valerie Arnold, Tammy Helms and Mike (Christy) Helms; eight great-grandchildren, Kristi (Tim), Paige, Austin, Brock, Cameran, Brandon, Nicole and Natalie; three great-great-grandchildren, Brady, Avery and Kaydance; and several nieces & nephews.
   Mrs. Helms was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Richard Helms; foster daughter, Tina English; sisters, Reba Bradford, Edna Short, Jo Wright, Verma Dean Davis and Norma Ivey; brothers, Victor Wigley and Kyrie Wigley.
   A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Elkhorn Cemetery.
   Family and friends may gather for visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, at the funeral home.
   Memorial contributions may be sent to Faith Baptist Church, 1525 West Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374 or the Circle U Help Center, PO Box 491, Richmond, IN 47374.

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I will forever miss Kay. She always made me laugh and had the best things to say. She was a joy to take care of and will miss her very much. Rest well Mrs. Helms.
Forever in my heart,
Angela Schmaeng

Angela Schmaeng Oct 7 2015 12:00 AM

Kay must be so happy to finally be in the presence of the Lord. She lived her entire life trying to get others to come along with her.  I will always remember her hardworking ways, care for others and her example for the world. Rest in the Lord Kay.  I know you will hear Well done my good and faithful Servant.  Our sympathy to her family that will miss her so much.

Brenda Anderson Oct 6 2015 12:00 AM