Helen Heldenbrand

Friday, January 8, 2010

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Helen Loretta Fisher Shoaf Heldenbrand, 88, of Sikeston left this earthly home at 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2010, to meet her Lord and Savior.

Helen was born March 28, 1921, in Oran, Mo., to Robert and Bertha Greer Fisher.

She and Ruby R. Shoaf were married April 9, 1941, in New Madrid, Mo. He died Nov. 10, 1966. She married James Murphy on Aug. 30, 1968, in Salcedo, Mo. He preceded her in death March 16, 1981. She then married John Heldenbrand on Sept. 6, 1986, in Salcedo. He passed away April 20, 1998.

She worked diligently many years in the Salcedo Baptist Church as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and play director; she was one of the charter members. Since moving to Sikeston, she had been a faithful member of Murray Lane Baptist Church. Helen had a great love for decorating for church, special events, and yard and home decorations for each holiday.

She worked many years part time at Cantrell's Store in Salcedo before going to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. She retired April 4, 1981.

Survivors include two sons, Ray (Finae) Shoaf of Morley, Mo., Larry (Betty) Shoaf of Jackson: a stepson, Hershel Morlan of Rockford, Ill.; a brother, Herschel (Melba) Fisher of Advance, Mo.; and a sister, Marie Widner of Durand, Mich.

Also surviving are five grandchildren, Staci (James) Williamson of Jackson, Bradley (Melanie) Shoaf of Sikeston, Chad (Stephani) Shoaf of Deatsville, Ala., Lisa Essmyer of Windermere, Fla., and Aaron (Marissa) Shoaf of Scotch Plains, N.J.

Other survivors include 11 great-grandchildren, Justin, Carlee and Brett Williamson, all of Jackson, Aaron (Kaitlyn) Shoaf of Morley, Mo., Adison and Evan Shoaf, both of Sikeston, Spencer, Caroline and Will Shoaf, all of Deatsville, Ala., and Katherine and Jacob Shoaf, both of Scotch Plains, N.J.; one great-great-grandgranddaughter, Colie Shoaf of Morley, Mo.; three stepgrandchildren; nine great-stepgrandchildren; and two great-great-stepgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Ruby Shoaf, James Murphy and John Heldenbrand; an infant son, Earnest; a brother, Raymond Fisher; and four sisters, Hazel Kennedy, Norma Bollinger, Evelyn Cooper and Wanda Ponce.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston, where the funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Kelly Grubbs, pastor of Murray Lane Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.

Pallbearers will be Bradley Shoaf, Chad Shoaf, James Williamson, Joe Williams, Terrell Kempfer and Gene Bohannon.

Memorials may be made to Murray Lane Baptist Church, 807 W. Murray Lane, Sikeston, MO 63801 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 343, Sikeston, MO 63801.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ponderfuneralhome.com.