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The Life of Shurlene D Helmick

Shurlene "Shay" Helmick, 59, of Perry, passed away Tuesday evening, May 5, 2015 at the Madison Urgent Care Facility. Shay was born in Painesville on April 7, 1956 to Thurl and Virginia (nee Skinner) Bartlett. She married David Helmick on June 13, 1987. Shay loved everybody, especially children. She was a kid at heart and friend to all with an infectious smile on her face, and always "HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY". She was the caregiver for many Perry children and was known as "Me-maw" and "Shay, Shay". She loved to crochet, sew, and make baby blankets. A favorite pastime was porch night with her family and neighbors. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. A member of Perry Christian Church, she was the Superintendent of Sunday Schools, Chair of the Sacristan, and Chair of the Prayer Chain. Shay cooked the communion bread for every Sunday service. A mother of the church, she will be missed. Shay is survived by husband of 27 years, David; sons, George (Tammy) Pierce, James (Tricia) Helmick, Gregory (Jennifer) Helmick; grandchildren, Jessica, Destiny, Zack, Paige, Elle, Cassandra, Jaymz, Austin, Gavin, Addison; siblings, Don (Judy) Bartlett, Debby (David) Korody, Roger (Paula) Bartlett, Thurlene (Paul) Lawson, Randy Bartlett, Rick (Darla) Bartlett, Tami (Ron) Smith, and loved nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law. She is preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law and best friend, Sue Ponn. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2015 at The Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River Street, Madison, Ohio. Funeral service will be officiated by Rev. Dr. Janet Mers of Perry Christian Church at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the funeral home. Final Resting place will be Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chesterland. Contributions may be made in Shay''s name to Perry Christian Church, P.O. Box 177, Perry, Ohio 44081-0177.

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