Mildred Esther Helderman, age 97 of Whitewater passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016 at her home.
She was born February 15, 1919, in Dutchtown, daughter of James Franklin and Emma Elizabeth Brase Williams. She and Aaron Frank Helderman were married November 8, 1946, and together raised eight children. He passed away October 13, 1993.
Mildred graduated from Randles High School. She taught school a couple of years before she and Aaron were married, and then was a devoted mother and homemaker. She was a member of Bethlehem General Baptist Church at Crump where she taught Sunday school for several years. Mildred loved her children, grandchildren, other family members, church family and the friends she held close.
Loving survivors include three sons, Aaron (Mary Beth) Helderman, Jr., and John Helderman of Whitewater, Missouri, and Jeff (Tina) Helderman of Gordonville; four daughters, Joyce Helderman, JoAnn (Ron) Nance and Mary (John) Livingston of Whitewater, and Janelle (Mike) McCrite of Olive Branch, Illinois; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Helderman of Whitewater; two sisters, Flora Wiseman and Jean (Ray) Green of Whitewater; eleven grandchildren, April (Matt) Kibble, Jill (Tim) Allen, Chris (Jackie) Nance, Matthew (Alaina) Helderman, Derek (Jennifer) Helderman, Nicholas McCrite, Ryan (Heather) Livingston, Jessica Livingston, Justin (Brittney) Helderman, Cody (Ashley) Helderman, and Danielle Helderman; eleven greatgrandchildren, Hillary, Dwight, Jesse (Kendra), Katie, Wyatt, Dallas, Reid, Landon, Josh, Megan, and Jake; and a great-greatgrandchild, Azriel.
She was preceded in death by a son, James Dennis Helderman; a sister, Irene Trentham; and two brothers, John Williams and Jr. Williams.
The visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in chapel B of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
The funeral service will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the funeral home, with the Revs. Joe Allen and Eddie Rhodes officiating.
Interment will be in Stroderville Cemetery near Whitewater.
The family suggests that contributions be made in Mildred’s memory to Bethlehem General Baptist Church or Southeast Hospice. A special thanks to caregivers: Helen Scholz, Mary Craft, and Jan Farrar; and Southeast Hospice.
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