Melissa Dawn Helms

Published 12:48 pm Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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Melissa Dawn Helms died on Jan. 24, 2021.

She was born to Mildred Kerr Helms and the late Benjamin Leonard Helms on Jan. 5, 1959. Her first thought each morning was to call her mother.  She sought every opportunity to serve and honor her parents.

She was a loving mother and grandmother to her son,  David Wayne Hewett (Ryan)  Lillian, Clayton and Addison and her daughter, Stephanie Dawn Waller (Brad) Waylon and Cheyenne. She provided support and love, even jumping in to work wherever needed.  No task was too big or too small.

As a grandmother, she showered love over each of her grandchildren, teaching them about horses and driving the golf cart and tractor. She taught them that work could be fun if you listened to your heart, and that simple things were worth more than gold.

As a sister, she was a supporter and encourager to Jennifer Knox (Don).

She loved Bible study,  singing, shopping, getting an orange cream slush from Sonic, or any opportunity to be together. She loved her brother-in-law and always found peace in his words.

As an aunt to Christi Austin (Benji), Amanda Eller (Joshua) and great-aunt to Kylie, Tyler, Lukas, Jasper, Huck, Paisley and Alanna, she embraced the role.

As a friend, the names would take more space, but in Ester, Linda, and Sandy she found kindred spirits for her adventures. She was always up for an experience, even if it meant getting muddy and soaked, being stranded on a cruise ship, or meeting friends for dinner.

Her faith made her who she was, gave her a big heart for people, even those who crushed her spirit. Some people claim their value in money, fame, popularity, things.  She found her value in her Savior.

A private celebration honoring her will be held in the coming days.

Memorials: Hospice or to the Leslie and Brian Robertson for their family mission.