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Marjorie Leland Helmick

September 24, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Marjorie Leland Helmick, 95, of St. Albans, W.Va., passed away Sept. 21, 2012, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, surrounded by her family.

She was a resident of Riverview Towers, St. Albans, for 17 years. She was a former resident of Vienna, W.Va., and Little Hocking, Ohio. Marjorie was born Oct. 16, 1916, in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of the late Roger C. and Lydia L. Berghoff Leland. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Carl W. Helmick; son, Mack Helmick; and sister, Phyllis Leland Smith.

She was a graduate of Shaw High School of Cleveland, Ohio, Class of 1934. She moved to Vienna in 1937 after her marriage to Carl W. Helmick, and was an active member of Wayside United Methodist Church. Her love of young people was evident in her life as she was a faithful Sunday School teacher for many years, and also was a Cub Scout Den Mother in Vienna. In 1958, she served as the president of the West Virginia Parent Teachers Organization. She was employed at the Kootaga Area Council Inc. Boy Scouts of America for several years.

During her residency in Little Hocking, Ohio, she was an active member of Little Hocking United Methodist Church, serving as a member of the United Methodist Women and also as a Sunday School teacher. Following her husband's death, she moved to St. Albans, where she was an active member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her volunteer work with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, where she received numerous awards. She was a skilled seamstress throughout her life and during her residency in Little Hocking, Ohio, she owned her own craft business showcasing her original designs.

Survivors include her son, Roger L. Helmick and wife, Mary Sue Davis Helmick, of St. Albans; grandson, Paul W. Helmick and wife, Dr. Kristen Peros Helmick, of Charleston; and granddaughter, Deborah Lynn Helmick Fernatt and her husband, John, of Hurricane; and grandson, Jonathan Fernatt and his wife, Rachel, of Hurricane. Also surviving are two great-grandchildren, Daniel Edison Helmick and Lily Grace Helmick, both of Charleston; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, with the Rev. Loretta Isaiah officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Burial, open to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 23rd Street and Park Avenue, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Patrick Kerr of Wayside United Methodist Church officiating.

The family requests contributions be made to St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Youth Ministry Fund, 815 Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans, WV 25177.

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