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Juanita Marie Helms

February 25, 1927 ~ February 13, 2018 (age 90)

Juanita Marie Helms


            Juanita Marie Helms, 90 years old, of Milan, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan.

            Juanita was born February 25, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to James and Lola (Cooper) Rodgers. On November 25, 1946 in Troy, Kansas, she married Don Helms, he preceded her in death on October 27, 2014.

            She was also preceded in death by: her parents; a grandson, Ed Yardley; and a brother, Charles Rodgers. She was survived by: three sons, James Helms of Browning, Missouri, Jack Helms and wife Kathy of Milan, and Jerry Helms of Milan; one daughter, Donna Yardley and husband Ed of Milan; five grandchildren, Kelly Fanning and husband Gene, Rory Helms and wife Lori, Marci Helms, Rachael Robey and husband Seth, and Valerie Yardley-Harris; four great grandchildren, Rylen and Rowen Helms, Matilda Robey, and Chloe Yardley-Harris; one brother, James Rodgers and wife Joanne of Milan; and several nieces and nephews.

            Juanita moved to Chillicothe when she was 2 years old, then in 1939, they moved North of Milan to the Bairdstown area. She graduated in 1945 from Milan High School, she then worked for the local telephone company for several years. Juanita and Don then moved South of Milan, and after having their children she started working at the phone company again in 1966 until she retired in 1986. In 1983 they had moved to Milan. Juanita liked to bake cookies, travel, and enjoyed music. She loved taking care of her family.

            Funeral services for Juanita will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, February 16, 2018 at Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. A visitation is scheduled for one hour prior to the service, starting at 1:00 PM.

            Memorial contributions are suggested to Oakwood Cemetery. 

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